Springfield teen gets 11 years in prison for fatal shooting

A Springfield teen will spend 11 years in prison in connection with a fatal shooting after he accepted a plea deal this week.

Deondre Marquise Wilgus, 18, of 639 E. Southern Ave., pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter. He had been indicted on a charge of murder.

He received eight years in prison on the voluntary manslaughter charge and an additional three years for a gun specification.

Wilgus was accused of fatally shooting Danyale Piersoll, 37, of Springfield, who died from multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Clark County Coroner’s Office.

Officers responded to a report of a man shot at a house in the 600 block of East Southern Avenue in Springfield about 10 p.m. Jan. 2, a police report says.

Piersoll was found on the kitchen floor of the home with several wounds to his chest and neck. He was transported to Springfield Regional Medical Center, where he died.

Piersoll was killed in the defendant’s home, Clark County Assistant Prosecutor Daniel Driscoll said, and some witnesses at the scene didn’t want to cooperate in the court proceedings.

“No one really came forward in this case so it made it extremely hard for the state to go forward with the murder charge,” Driscoll said.

Investigators and prosecutors need witnesses to come forward to stop the increase in gun violence in Springfield, Driscoll said. Violent crime in Springfield is at a 14-year high.

“That’s all it takes, somebody to step forward and say, ‘This is enough … I’m going to see this all the way through,’” Driscoll said.

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