Hamilton man admits to firing shots that injured two children, aged 9 and 22 months

Noah Kaleb Jones, 23, of the 600 block of Eaton Avenue, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Butler County Common Pleas Court to two counts of felonious assault with gun specifications. He could receive a maximum sentence of 22 years in prison.

Jones fired shots into a residence in the 100 block of Lulu Avenue on Nov. 21 that hit 22-month-old Adison Mitchell in the jaw and Kayla Rader, 9, in the right leg, according to court documents.

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A county grand jury indicted Jones in December on three counts of felonious assault and discharge of a firearm into a habitation. In exchange for the plea the other charges were amended or dismissed.

Sentencing was set by judge Jennifer McElfresh for May 9. Defense attorney Chris Frederick requested a forensic psychological evaluation of Jones that might be used in mitigation at sentencing.

Hamilton police were called shortly after 9:30 p.m. Nov. 21 to a report of a child shot inside the home.

When they arrived, the 22-month-old gunshot victim was being driven by her mother to Cincinnati Children’s Liberty Campus in Liberty Twp. From there, the child was transferred to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati.

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According to neighbors, a man drove by the house twice and shot multiple times.

Jones was arrested on the afternoon of Nov. 27 when Hamilton police and SWAT units served a search warrant on his Eaton Avenue residence and he was taken in into custody. He has been held in the Butler County Jail on $500,000 bond since his arrest.

The family of the victims did not attend the plea hearing.

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