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Murder charge reduced in Gainesville man’s plea over 2017 slaying case
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Tadrick Osborne

A Gainesville man’s felony murder charge was reduced in a plea Thursday, May 10, regarding an April 2017 fatal shooting.

Tadrick Terrian Osborne, 38, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to sell a Schedule I substance.

Osborne received a 30-year sentence with the first 20 years to be served in confinement, according to court documents. The rest of his sentence may be served on probation.

Osborne will receive credit for time served since June 2017.

Defense attorney Larry Duttweiler did not return a request for comment.

Osborne and Marquis Lejon Studivant, 27, of Gainesville, were both charged with felony murder by a grand jury in September 2017. Dennis Ronald Gayton, 47, was shot in the 2200 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard near Carlton Street.

In separate charges, Studivant was charged with attempted armed robbery, aggravated assault, first-degree child cruelty, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Studivant’s attorney Lee Parks did not return a request for comment.

Police said Gayton was with his son when two male suspects allegedly attempted to rob Gayton.

“The shooter fired into the vehicle during the incident, killing Gayton, causing the vehicle to crash into a tree,” police said in a previous press release.


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