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Man sentenced to 20.5 years in prison for May 2021 Spotlight nightclub homicide

Darryl Lathan was sentenced after he was found guilty in August 2022.

TOLEDO, Ohio — A Lucas County judge sentenced Darryl Lathan to 20.5 years in prison Thursday for the May 2021 murder of Armonte Rodgers at Spotlight Nightclub in south Toledo. 

Lathan was found guilty on Aug. 5, 2022 after an October 2021 indictment. 

Lathan shot Rodgers on May 16 at the nightclub S. Reynolds Road and later died at the hospital.

A murder warrant was issued in early October for Lathan, who was already incarcerated at the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio on an unrelated charge of violating a court order after a previous drug charge conviction.

Lathan was convicted of that violation on May 6, which was 10 days before the shooting death of Rodgers. 

Lathan was given a stay on the beginning of his jail time for the drug conviction until May 24, meaning he allegedly killed Rodgers during the 22-day window he was given between conviction and jail.


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