Last updated: March 26. 2014 7:47PM - 2085 Views
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POINT PLEASANT — An Apple Grove man who pleaded guilty to shooting and killing René Gonzalez on a front porch in Gallipolis Ferry in 2011 has been sentenced to 40 years in jail.

Steven L. Adkins, Jr., 27, of Apple Grove, recently appeared in front of Judge David W. Nibert for his sentencing in Mason County Circuit Court. Adkins was sentenced after entering a guilty plea to second-degree murder.

The plea agreement recommended Adkins face a prison sentence of 40 years for killing Gonzalez. The sentence is a determinate sentence. Adkins has been given credit for 974 days previously served — more than two and a half years. Adkins is also ordered to pay court costs in the amount of $277.

Adkins was set to go to trial Feb. 18, but instead entered into the plea agreement. Representing Adkins were attorneys Bryan Cromley and Nate Chapman.

Representing the state at the plea hearing was Special Prosecutor Chris Chiles. At that hearing, Chiles gave a brief summary of the evidence, and case, the state planned to present. Chiles said Gonzalez and a co-defendant in the case had an altercation shortly before Gonzalez’s death. This led to another co-defendant driving Adkins to Gonzalez’s home. Chiles said Adkins knocked on Gonzalez’s door, waited for him to open the door and then shot him twice.

Murder in the second degree is a lesser count contained in the 2012 indictment and eliminates the “deliberate intent” of the crime.

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