ST. CLAIRSVILLE -- A man accused of shooting and killing another man outside a Route 800 home in Somerton last December has pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated murder in the Belmont County Common Plea Court.
Harold W. Johnson Jr., 45, Lewisville, entered the plea Monday morning. He faces a potential life prison sentence without parole for 20 years.
The charge includes a firearm specification that will require him to serve a mandatory three years in prison.
Johnson was then convicted of killing of Clint Stephens, 48, of Jerusalem.
Johnson reportedly shot Stephens six or seven times in the head and neck on Dec. 12, 2016, and left him to die.
Authorities believe the shooting occurred during a dispute about a woman who was dating Stephens at the time of his death and previously dated Johnson until a breakup in 2016.
Stephens was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency medical personnel.
Johnson was arrested by Monroe County sheriff's deputies following a brief pursuit near Malaga. A gun believed to have been used in the shooting was recovered from Johnson during the investigation. Stephens was reportedly still sitting in his vehicle when shot.
Johnson avoided a trial scheduled to start Monday by entering the plea.