Gunman sentenced to 15 years for fatal Franklinton shooting

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A 29-year-old Columbus man was sentenced Monday to 15 years in prison for fatally shooting a man at a house in Franklinton.

Scott A. Salyer pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter with a gun specification and illegally possessing a gun in the April 21, 2018, death of  59-year-old Larry Eugene Dayton.

The sentence, imposed by Franklin County Common Pleas Judge David Young, was recommended by prosecuting and defense attorneys as part of a plea agreement.

Officers found Dayton after responding to a report of a shooting at a home on Wisconsin Avenue. Medics pronounced him dead at the scene just before 9 p.m.

A woman who had driven Salyer to Dayton’s house that night contacted police after learning of the shooting through news reports, Assistant Prosecutor Maria Martinez-Beshears said. The woman told police that Salyer returned to the car and said he had just killed someone, Martinez-Beshears said.

A witness who was at the house later identified Salyer in a photo array, Martinez-Beshears said.

When officers arrested Salyer the following day at a house on the city’s southwest side, they found the murder weapon and a box of pills that had been taken from the victim’s home. Court records show that Salyer was living on the streets of Columbus at the time.

Meagan Purks, 19, of the South Side, pleaded guilty in October to tampering with evidence in the case. She faces a maximum of three years in prison but is eligible for probation when she is sentenced later this month.

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