Teen sentenced for Middletown shooting death that stemmed from dispute over $10

A 16-year-old was sentenced to prison Monday for the shooting death of a Middletown man during a dispute over money in May at a Yankee Road residence

Jaiquan Singletary, 16, pleaded guilty last month in adult court to involuntary manslaughter with a gun specification. Singletary was originally charged with murder, and his case was bound over from juvenile court to adult court a week before he entered the guilty plea.

Singletary was accused in the shooting death of John Booker on May 13.

Butler County Common Pleas Judge Noah Powers III sentenced Singletary to three years for using a firearm in the commission of a crime and eight years for involuntary manslaughter. If Singletary gets in trouble in prison, he could serve up to and additional four years.

Middletown police say the teen shot Booker, 36, in a dispute over $10.

Police were called at 7:44 p.m. on May 13 to the 1400 block of Yankee Road, where they found Booker seriously injured from gunfire. He was taken to a local hospital, where he later died.

Booker’s mother called 911 and told dispatchers Booker has been shot. Police said Booker took $10 from a shelf in the home his mother shared with co-defendant Dhameer Haamid Scott’s father, which started the argument that led to the shooting. Scott was originally charged with murder, but that charge was later dropped.

Police asked Singletary to take a lie detector test, which he failed, police said. He was then charged with murder.

Last month, Scott, 24, was indicted for tampering with evidence, obstructing justice and improperly furnishing firearms to a minor, all felonies. He is free on bond awaiting trial

Police say Scott gave the gun to the teen and they fled out of state together after the shooting.

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