Man admits to shooting his girlfriend last May in Middletown

A 19-year-old man has admitted guilt in the shooting of his 17-year-old girlfriend during an argument last May at a Middletown residence.

Daniel Calhoun was taken into custody on June 4 while hiding in the basement of the victim’s house in the 1300 block of Young Street in Middletown. Detectives had been looking for Calhoun since the May 14 shooting incident.

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On Tuesday, Calhoun plead guilty in Butler County Common Pleas Court to a reduced charge of attempted felonious assault with a gun specification that adds a year to his sentence. He was charged with two counts of felonious assault under different sections of the law and having a weapons under disability. The remainder of the charges were dismissed.

Attempted felonious assault is a third-degree felony that carries a maximum sentence of up to 36 months in prison. Judge Noah Powers II set sentencing for March 9.

Calhoun remains housed in the Butler County Jail.

Middletown police say people at the house and witnesses were not truthful at the beginning of the investigation about what happened when the teen was shot.

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Officers were called to the home at about 10:40 p.m. The girl was in the living room suffering from a gunshot wound in her pelvis.

The victim’s brother told police he was walking on Young Street getting ready to cross 14th Avenue when he heard two gunshots and saw an SUV driving away. He said he heard his sister scream and found her shot in the alley, then carried her into the house.

The teen’s mother called 911, saying her daughter had been shot in the alley.

Police say an investigation revealed the girl was shot in her bedroom and pointed to Calhoun as the shooter.

The incident stemmed from a boyfriend/girlfriend argument, police say. The girl was shot between the legs, according to police and statements from her mother in the 911 call.

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