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1 of 4 charged in connection with 2017 North Side Madison 'hit' pleads guilty

1 of 4 charged in connection with 2017 North Side Madison 'hit' pleads guilty

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A defendant in the fatal shooting of a Madison woman last summer has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge for his role in the homicide.

Korey V. Johnson, 34, pleaded guilty to second-degree reckless homicide on Tuesday in Dane County Circuit Court for his involvement in the July 2017 North Side revenge killing of 24-year-old Ciara Philumalee.

Another victim, Joseph Jordan, was shot in the face but survived. He was with Philumalee at the time.

Johnson was originally charged with first-degree intentional homicide and first-degree reckless injury, as were Donald Davis Jr., 29, of Madison, and Jennifer L. Lovick, 35, who has no permanent address.

Authorities say Philamulee’s shooting outside an apartment building in the 3700 block of West Karstens Drive was a “hit” put out by Davis because she allegedly had helped arrange a robbery of Davis.

Johnson knew there was a “hit” on Philumalee and went with Lovick, Davis and an unidentified woman to the apartment Philumalee was at on July 28 in exchange for $150 cash and $100 worth of crack cocaine, according to a criminal complaint.

Prosecutors say Johnson stayed in the car when they got to the North Side apartment, but had heard Davis talking about a gun and knew that a crime was about to be committed against Philumalee.

Also allegedly involved was Nicole M. Marco, 35, of Sun Prairie, who was charged with being a party to first-degree intentional homicide and first-degree reckless injury.

Michael Covey, Johnson’s attorney, declined to say why Johnson decided to plead guilty, citing attorney-client privilege.

He said there isn’t an agreement with prosecutors for sentencing recommendations, but that they agreed Johnson was the least culpable among those charged for the shooting.

Covey said Johnson will be sentenced after the other cases conclude, adding that Johnson will testify in the trials of the others charged for the shooting if called to by prosecutors.

Johnson could be sentenced to up to 25 years in prison and fined $100,000.

Davis’ trial is scheduled to begin June 11. Marco is scheduled to stand trial in July and Lovick’s trial is set for August.

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