21-year-old Canton man sentenced to prison in shooting death


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Taben Armstead was sentenced to a lengthly prison sentence for the shooting death of a Plain Township man. (Photo - Stark County Sheriff's Office)
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A 21-year-old Canton man has been sentenced to spend two decades in prison for the shooting death of a Plain Township man.

On Wednesday, Taben Armstead received a sentence of 20-to-22-and-a-half years after pleading guilty to an involuntary manslaughter charge with a gun specification the day before.

The gun specification added three years to Armstead’s sentence. Initially charged with aggravated murder, Armstead had been arrested by Stark County sheriff’s deputies last November for the shooting of 28-year-old David Hughson IV, who was found dead outside the King’s Creek Apartments near the intersection of Market Avenue N and Schneider Street.

The shooting occurred in June 2021, and the case has since made its way through the legal system. Armstead’s guilty plea and subsequent sentencing offer a resolution to the tragic incident that left Hughson dead.