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Judge accepts guilty plea withdrawal in city shooting case, jury selection to start soon

January 21, 2020 News Extra

Raheem J. Robinson

After withdrawing his guilty plea last year at the last minute during his sentencing hearing, jury selection is slated to start later this week in the trial against a 28-year-old Butler man over an alleged drive-by shooting.

In July, Raheem J. Robinson was about to be sentenced for his alleged role in an April 5, 2018 drive-by shooting on North Sixth Avenue, but he asked Judge Timothy McCune to accept his guilty plea withdrawal, which he did. Robinson is being held in Butler County Prison after his bail was denied.

In accepting Robinson's withdrawal request, McCune said the case needs to be tried.

A jury will now be selected to decide if Robinson shot a pistol at Jedediah L. Owens-Vickers, Kirisa Taimuty, Allyssa Stefanowicz and Taimuty's 2-year-old son. No injuries were reported.

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