Man sentenced for hosting underage drinking party that led to deadly shooting

BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (WCMH)– The man who said he shot and killed a friend at an underage drinking party got six months in prison after pleading guilty to charges of giving alcohol to minors.

It happened early Sunday morning in Lewistown, Ohio. Evan Hoffman, 20, called 911 saying he’d shot 16-year-old Brandon Doseck after Doseck tried to beat him up.

Hoffman stood before a municipal judge Tuesday in Bellefontaine without an attorney and pleaded guilty to giving alcohol to minors. He was repeatedly advised of his rights and reminded that the arraignment was only on the alcohol violations, not the shooting. But he chose to talk anyway.

Standing in navy blue jail scrubs and shackles just two days after he called authorities to report he’d just shot a friend, Hoffman told Judge Ann Beck, “He was trespassing on my grounds.”

Bellefontaine Municipal Prosecutor Joe Bader said, “Mr. Hoffman collected money from these children and got them all drunk with the money that he collected and then at some point… (inaudible) …ended up shooting one of them.”

Hoffman pleaded guilty to seven misdemeanor counts of Furnishing Alcohol to (an) Underage Person. Court records say Hoffman admitted to regularly hosting underage drinking parties at his home for a profit.

Judge Beck asked, “How do they get home?” Hoffman replied, “I normally drive them once I’ve sobered up.” Beck paused and said, “So you’re not even… You’re not sober.”

Hoffman told the judge he didn’t have a job; that he used the money as a source of income.

On one of the 911 calls from early Sunday morning, 19-year-old Jarrod Brown said, “We came up here for a small get together and (it) went south. I don’t know what went down, but (it) went south.”

Doseck didn’t survive the party. Hoffman told 911 dispatchers he’d told Doseck to leave. He said Doseck came back and tried to assault him.

“I had told him to walk home and he had a group of… a total of four people, including himself banging on my front door and my side door. He eventually broke through,” said Hoffman.

Hoffman told dispatchers he shot Doseck with a deer slug. Tuesday during his arraignment on the misdemeanor counts he was advised to remain silent.

Judge Beck told Hoffman, “You can go ahead and keep talking. But I need you to understand, I told you, you have no obligation to testify against yourself and anything you say will be used against you.”

The Logan County Prosecutor’s Office is reviewing the shooting to see if there will be any further charges.

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