Youngstown man in murder case sentenced

LISBON, Ohio (WKBN) — A man initially charged with murder in the 2009 death of his stepfather pleaded guilty to reckless homicide in court Tuesday, the Morning Journal reports.

Christopher Adkins, 29, of Youngstown, was sentenced to the maximum 36-month sentence. Between time in the county jail and at the Heartland Behavioral Healthcare after his arrest, Adkins already has credit for more than 25 months of time served.

Prosecutors say emergency crews were initially called to a Salem home on Sept. 26, 2009 for a reported medical emergency, according to the Morning Journal. Sixty-two-year-old Arthur Gilmore was taken to the hospital where he later died, and it was determined that he died of asphyxia.

Adkins was diagnosed with mental illnesses, including schizophrenia. The Morning Journal reported that Adkins has insisted he was trying to render medical aid to save his stepfather at the time of his death.

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