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Teen enters guilty plea over involvement in shooting

May 17, 2019

HUNTINGTON — A Huntington teen has pleaded guilty for his involvement in the shooting of a Marcum Terrace woman weeks before she died in a second shooting last year.

Isaiah Dominic Thomas Thornhill, 19, of Huntington, pleaded guilty before Cabell Circuit Judge Gregory Howard to use or presentment of a firearm in commission of a felony and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

He faces up to seven years in prison for the firearms charge and one to 15 years for the drug charge.

According to the indictment, Thornhill and Tayron Griffin had entered a home in the 500 block of Marcum Terrace during the night of April 14, 2018, intending to burglarize it before Thornhill allegedly shot Joann Dawn Saunders Childers, 32, of Huntington. Griffin is accused of physically attacking Nicholas Childers. Marcum Terrace security footage shows Thornhill and several other men entering the residence, according to a criminal complaint.

According to Thornhill, he and a group went to the home to clear up a misunderstanding.

“I went into the house. It was a misunderstanding. I went there to go talk, and everything escalated,” he said. “There was a fight that broke out between me and the male victim. After that the girl got shot in her leg.”

Defense attorney Ashley Lockwood said his client was not admitting to shooting the victim, but that he had entered the house without their permission and had a firearm at the time the incident occurred.

Thornhill also admitted he had possessed about 3.7 grams of cocaine with the intent to deliver about a month later when he was arrested.

Childers died June 13, 2018, in an unrelated incident after an underage female allegedly shot the woman and a Huntington Housing Authority employee in the Marcum Terrace neighborhood. The shooting occurred a day after an altercation took place at a convenience store on Olive Street.

Andrea Moore, the teen accused of murder in Childers’ death, is set to go to trial July 9.

Assistant prosecutor Sharon Frazier prosecuted the case.

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