ALLEN COUNTY, AG (WLIO) – A man from Lima is accused of a 2021 murdersentered into a plea agreement in court this afternoon.

33 years old Paul Curtis Jr pleaded guilty in Allen County Common Pleas Court to manslaughter for the death of Sam McLaurin. He also pleaded guilty to two counts of assault in another case. A third case against him was dropped as part of a plea deal.

According to police, McLaurin’s body was found in the driveway of his home, detectives say McLaurin was found with eighteen gunshot wounds to his body. A witness says Curtis and McLaurin argued and moments later heard gunshots. Prosecutors agreed to a sentence of 19 years to life in prison on all three charges. Curtis will be sentenced at a later date, so the victim’s family has an opportunity to speak before sentencing.

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