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Surprise Guilty Pleas In The 2016 Killing Of Pregnant Woman

Posted at 5:49 PM, Feb 05, 2019

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)– The four men charged in the 2016 killing of a pregnant 22-year-old entered guilty pleas Monday afternoon.

Maryiah Coleman, who was eight months pregnant with her son, Jakobe, was walking her dog on Winburn Drive in September 2016. She was hit by a stray bullet. Coleman and her baby boy died at a local hospital.

Police say that the shot that killed the young woman came from an attempted robbery across the street involving the four men eventually charged in the case. On Monday, they all entered guilty pleas in Fayette County Court.

Demetrioun Boaz pleaded guilty to murder, fetal homicide, and robbery charges.  The Commonwealth recommended 25 years for the murder charge and 10 years for the fetal homicide charge to run consecutively.

Joseph Fain and Saquan Freeman both pleaded guilty to charges of manslaughter, fetal homicide, and robbery.  Skylar Stigall pleaded guilty to manslaughter and fetal homicide.

In the process, all four admitted that they took part in some way on that night, but that it was Boaz who fired the deadly shot.

They are scheduled to be sentenced March 14 at 2 p.m.