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Gang member pleads guilty to accessory, conspiracy charges in Chester councilman’s death

Gang member pleads guilty to accessory in Chester councilman’s death

Known gang member Quinton McClinton pleaded guilty Wednesday to accessory after the fact to murder and conspiracy to commit armed robbery in connection with the fatal 2014 shooting of Chester City Councilman Odell Williams. McClinton, who was driv
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Known gang member Quinton McClinton pleaded guilty Wednesday to accessory after the fact to murder and conspiracy to commit armed robbery in connection with the fatal 2014 shooting of Chester City Councilman Odell Williams. McClinton, who was driv

One of the four remaining co-defendants in the 2014 killing of Chester councilman Odell Williams was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison after pleading guilty to accessory and conspiracy charges.

Quinton McClinton, 27, pleaded guilty to charges of accessory after the fact to murder and conspiracy to commit armed robbery. Circuit Court Judge Brian Gibbons sentenced him to five years in prison on each charge, with the sentences running concurrently.

Police originally charged McClinton with accessory before the fact, but prosecutors allowed him to plead guilty to the lesser charge of accessory after the fact.

McClinton was driving the four-door Dodge Ram that carried triggerman Christopher Moore and three other co-defendants the night of Nov. 4, 2014, Deputy Solicitor Julie Hall said. The defendants had planned to rob a home on Holmes Road, but the attempt fell through because no one was home.

Hall said McClinton was driving the pickup when Williams chased it through the city of Chester before turning onto Roundtree Circle.

“When he did so, Chris Moore said, ‘Let me out of the car,’” Hall said. “Mr. McClinton slowed to let him out of the car.” Moore then fatally shot Williams with a rifle.

McClinton’s plea came in the same Fairfield County courtroom where, less than two weeks ago, Moore was sentenced to life in prison after a jury found him guilty of Williams’ murder.

Moore’s lawyers maintained throughout both trials that Moore shot Williams in self-defense. His former cellmate testified that Moore said McClinton told him to get out of the truck and shoot Williams.

Hall said Wednesday that Stevie Breland’s testimony could not be admitted as evidence in a trial for McClinton because it would be hearsay against him.

McClinton has been in custody since Nov. 13, 2014. His defense attorney, Mike Duncan, asked for credit for time served, which included a three-month stint in a state prison last year for an unrelated drug charge.

Hall disagreed but Gibbons, the judge, said that, under federal law, McClinton gets credit for the time served in prison.

Family members did not speak during the hearing, and McClinton said very little.

Williams’ family members declined to comment after the hearing.

“It is what it is,” one of his daughters said.

Solicitor Randy Newman declined to comment until all of the co-defendants’ cases have been resolved.

Teddy Kulmala: 803-329-4082, @teddy_kulmala

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