The man who police say was fatally shot while trying to rob two men inside a University District apartment early Thursday spent six years in prison for another killing during a robbery.
Jamil Cotton, 27, died of multiple gunshot wounds during a confrontation with people inside Apt. F at 455 E. 18th Ave., police said. Cotton's address was not available.
Police have not released many details of the shooting, including who shot Cotton. But they said the occupants of the apartment do not face any charges in connection with the shooting because they were attacked by as many as three armed robbers who broke in about 4:25 a.m.
Police have refused to release the victims' names, citing concerns for their safety because the other robbers remain loose.
The apartment's tenant was pistol-whipped and shot during the fight. He was taken to Ohio State University Medical Center, where he is expected to survive.
The other occupant, a relative of the tenant's, was not injured.
Police said the apartment was ransacked and as many as 12 shots were fired during some kind of struggle. The robbery victims told investigators that they did not recognize their assailants.
Police have not said whether anything was stolen from the apartment.
Franklin County court records show that Cotton was sentenced to six years in prison after his guilty plea to involuntary manslaughter in the Nov. 4, 1999, slaying of a North Side man.
Authorities at the time said Cotton and two other men broke into James Jackson's 17th Avenue duplex with a plan to steal marijuana. Jackson, 25, a father of four boys, died after being shot once
in the leg and once in the back.
Records show that Cotton, who had been charged with aggravated murder, instead pleaded guilty to the lesser charge in 2000. He was released from prison on Dec. 20, 2005. The other two men received more time and remain incarcerated, prison records show.