December 18, 2014

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Second man pleads guilty in fatal New Year’s Day shooting

Damien Bell

Damien Bell

ELYRIA — A second man charged in connection with the New Year’s Day fatal shooting of a man outside a Broadway gas station has pleaded guilty in the case.

Damien Bell, 33, pleaded guilty Wednesday to a charge of attempted felonious assault before Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Raymond Ewers and is to be sentenced Dec. 2.

Surveillance video obtained via police search warrants showed Bell was among four men shot in the legs by Desmen Noble, who got out of a car and opened fire on a crowd at a Liberty Gas station about 20 minutes after Noble and Bell exchanged gunshots at the Cotton Club on East 28th Street.

Herman Seagers, 33, was fatally wounded during the 3:30 a.m. gas station shooting when he sustained gunshots to the chest, arm and hand.

Noble pleaded guilty to murder and felonious assault Oct. 24 and was sentenced to 18 years to life.

In exchange for his guilty plea, a multi-county indictment charging Bell with two counts of murder, seven counts of felonious assault and two counts of weapons under disability were dismissed.

Police said the gas station shooting was precipitated by an earlier confrontation between Bell and Noble at the East 28th Street club.

Contact Steve Fogarty at 329-7146 or sfogarty@chroniclet.com.