October 24, 2014

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Man pleads guilty to New Year’s Day murder

Desmen Noble appears in court Monday for a hearing. He was sentenced Thursday to 18 years to life in prison in the New Year’s Day shooting death of Herman Seagers. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Desmen Noble appears in court Monday for a hearing. He was sentenced Thursday to 18 years to life in prison in the New Year’s Day shooting death of Herman Seagers. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Desmen Noble was sentenced to 18 years to life for the New Year’s Day death of Herman Seagers, who was fatally shot outside Liberty Gas on Broadway.

Noble, 31, of Lorain, pleaded guilty to murder and felonious assault charges Thursday in Lorain County Common Pleas Court.

Police said Noble engaged in a gun battle outside the Cotton Club in Lorain, which led to a shoot-out at Liberty Gas a short time later.

According to search warrants filed in the investigation, surveillance video at the Cotton Club showed Noble exchanging gunfire with Damian Bell. Police were called to the gas station about 20 minutes later, and surveillance video at the gas station showed Noble getting out of a Chevy Malibu and opening fire at a crowd of people, including Bell.

Bell, Alan Tate and Tallis Moore all were shot in the legs. Seagers, 33, who police do not believe was involved in the initial feud, was shot in the chest, arm and hand, and died.

Bell is awaiting trial on murder and felonious assault charges.

Noble also pleaded guilty to possession of drugs, driving under suspension and drug paraphernalia in a separate incident in 2012. In that case, Noble was sentenced to nine months at the Lorain Correctional Institute, which will be served concurrently with his sentence for murder and felonious assault.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @ChelseaMillerCT.


  • DonMega

    What a retard.

  • tickmeoff

    Desmond needs to make this even by giving up his own life. He killed an innocent man who had nothing to do with the Cotton club incident. I say we should throw Desmond off the top of the Kennedy High Rise right after the 4th of July parade!
    A spectacle of this magnitude would really drive home the point that you can’t shoot into a group of people as Desmond did and take the law into your hands.
    It says 18 years, but could he be out in 6 to 8 years on Parole? And they call this justice? Oh well, the court should be nice enough to give him a ride home for a week, so he can get things in order. I AM SURE HE WOULD BE JUST FINE!
    I am sure most people would agree with a loved one’s life for 18 years…NOT!!!