In a court proceeding on Monday, William Bradford pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in Stark County Common Pleas Court, marking the resolution of a case that initially saw him facing charges of two counts of murder and felonious assault. The plea agreement was reached through negotiations with the Stark County Prosecutor’s Office.
The incident in question occurred when Bradford, a resident of Alliance, fatally shot 49-year-old Blue around 5:10 p.m. outside a boarding house located in the 100 block of North Mechanic Avenue in Alliance. According to a police report, Bradford confronted Blue and, pulling a .38 special revolver from his pants pocket, fired four shots into the victim’s chest. Law enforcement swiftly apprehended Bradford a few blocks away.
In response to the guilty plea, Judge Kristin G. Farmer sentenced the 71-year-old Bradford to serve 10 to 13.5 years in prison for involuntary manslaughter related to Blue’s death. This sentence notably includes an additional three years for the use of a firearm in the commission of the crime.
Upon completion of his prison term, Bradford will face a mandatory two to five years on parole. Judge Farmer acknowledged 214 days already spent in jail, providing the defendant with credit against his overall sentence.