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Tuesday, January 07, 2020 1:00 am

Man pleads to voluntary manslaughter

May get 40 years; murder trial was set to start today

JIM CHAPMAN and MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

A man who pleaded guilty Monday in a fatal June shooting will spend 40 years behind bars if a judge accepts a plea agreement.

Amiracle N. Phifer, 23, pleaded guilty in Allen Superior Court to voluntary manslaughter and using a gun in the June 23 death of Frashaune “Flip” Striverson.

Phifer was to stand trial on a murder charge beginning today but accepted a plea agreement from prosecutors. If Judge Fran Gull accepts the plea deal, Phifer will be sentenced Jan. 31 to 30 years in prison for voluntary manslaughter and 10 years for the gun enhancement, for a total of 40 years behind bars.

If he had been convicted of murder, Phifer faced 45 to 65 years in prison.

Phifer told the court in August he intended to argue he acted in self-defense. Court documents filed last month by defense attorney James Hanson asked the judge to allow statements from witnesses who were expected to testify Striverson was “a violent individual” with “a general reputation for violence.”

Proof of a person's character can be used in murder trials to show the victim “was the initial aggressor, or ... the victim had a violent character and the defendant's knowledge of that character gave him reason to fear the victim,” the documents said.

Prosecutors, in a four-page response, said the testimony should not be allowed. They argued some of the expected statements from witnesses amounted to rumor and hearsay.

Police were called June 23 to the area of Colerick Street and Central Drive, where Striverson, 37, was shot. Investigators said surveillance video shows Phifer waiting behind a home and then “shooting multiple times toward Striverson.”

Phifer, who was also shot, told police he and Striverson were at a home when Striverson confronted him about a woman and followed him outside, a probable cause alleges.

“(Striverson) shot me, so I shot back,” Phifer reportedly said.

Striverson's death was one of 29 homicides in Allen County last year.

jchapman@jg.net; mleblanc@jg.net


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