Man pleads guilty in fatal shooting of 13-year-old Hamilton boy

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Miquan Hubbard pleads guilty to murder for fatal shooting of 13-year-old Jaraius Gilbert Jr. last summer in Hamilton.

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

A Hamilton man has admitted to the shooting death last summer of a 13-year-old boy on South Front Street in Hamilton.

Miquan Hubbard, 19, of Village Street, pleaded guilty on Thursday in Butler County Common Pleas Court to murder with a gun specification.

Hubbard fired several shots across the Hamilton street on the night of Aug. 29, hitting and killing Jaraius Gilbert Jr., a Wilson Middle School student.

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Hubbard also faced other felony charges, including felonious assault, which were dismissed in exchange for the plea.

Sentencing was set by Judge Michael Oster for April 30, which is after the trial of co-defendant Kameron Tunstall, 18, who is also charged with murder and felonious assault.

Hubbard faces 16 years to life in prison. During the hearing, Assistant Butler County Prosecutor Brad Burress said if Hubbard testifies at Tunstall’s trial and lies, committing perjury, his plea deal will be withdrawn.

Tunstall, 18, remains in the Butler County Jail on a $500,000 bond. Prosecutors say Tunstall conspired with Hubbard, but that Hubbard pulled the trigger.