published Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Sentencing for man who shot another man in botched drug deal moved to October

A Monday sentencing hearing for a 24-year-old man who shot and killed another man in a botched drug deal was moved to Oct. 3.

In June, Jeremy M. Trueitt, 24, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the killing of Robert Cantrell on Feb. 20, 2009, during a drug deal. Prosecutors charged Trueitt with second-degree murder; he claimed the act was in self-defense.

Trueitt's attorney, Rich Heinsman, said the delay was the third requested by a backlogged probation office, which hasn't yet completed Truiett's sentencing report.

Trueitt faces three to six years for the manslaughter charge. In March, U.S. District Judge Harry "Sandy" Mattice sentenced him to nine years in federal prison for a weapons possession charge.

Heinsman said Hamilton County Criminal Court Judge Rebecca Stern would determine how much time his client would serve and whether it would be served at the same time as the federal charge or afterward.

Trueitt has been in custody since his 2009 arrest.

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