HAMILTON - The man charged in April for the 2009 shooting death of a Hamilton man pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter.
Butler County Prosecutor Michael T. Gmoser said his office accepted the plea from Corey A. White, 23, who confessed to his roll in the death of Stephen R. Denmark Jr. on Dec. 16, 2009, in an attempted home invasion at Denmark's residence at 216 S. 11th St.
Hamilton police detectives James Smith and Patrick Erb led the investigation into Denmark's death for three years before gathering enough evidence to arrest and charge White, according to Gmoser.
"Their expertise, persistence, dedication and relentless investigation was rewarded earlier this year by solving this crime as to one participant resulting from a finger print that weighs approximately one ten thousandth of a gram and an exhausting elimination of every conceivable exculpatory explanation for its location at the crime scene," Gmoser stated.
Gmoser explained that his office accepted White's plea bargain deal after a confession was made and the names of others involved in the 2009 home invasion death were given. In that confession White admitted to being a chauffeur and gofer to others involved in the homicide.
"Without his confession, those others involved could not be held to account so it should be no surprise that I agreed with the request of the detectives to permit a plea to involuntary manslaughter with firearms specification in exchange for his truthful confession to get the remaining killers off the street," Gmoser reported.
The names of people White gave to Gmoser were not initially released. A call was placed with the Butler County Prosecutor's Office for details of who else was charged in the case.
In 2009 a woman called 911 to report the shooting and said Denmark went to the door, then she heard three shots.
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