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Perry enters Alford plea to lesser charge in Belcher shooting death

Tavion Belcher was shot and killed in Nov. 2019.
Tavion Belcher was shot and killed in Nov. 2019.(WTVG)
Published: Nov. 20, 2020 at 11:23 AM EST
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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - The man accused of killing Tavion Belcher in November 2019 has entered an Alford plea to a lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter in the case.

Dionte Perry had previously entered a not guilty plea. On Friday, he changed his plea to the lesser charge, a first-degree felony.

Perry will be sentenced on December 10. He had faced charges of murder and aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon.

Perry was arrested in January for the Nov. 23 murder at the Westland Gardens Apartments, where police found Belcher with a gunshot wound.

Belcher was treated at the scene and transported to Toledo Hospital where he later died.

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