A Fulton man, charged with murder, pleads guilty to three of the four charges against him.
William Schoening-Scoggins, 23, pleaded guilty, Monday, to second-degree murder, forgery, and attempted possession of a controlled substance. He was sentenced to a total of 12 years in prison. In exchange for his plea, a charge of attempted stealing of a controlled substance was dropped.
Scoggins was arrested in April for the murder of 29-year-old Nathan Pritchett of Fulton. Pritchett was shot just south of Calwood during a meth transaction. He was selling the drug to Scoggins and two other men, Joey Morris, 29, of Vandalia and Justin Witt, 48, of Fulton.
According to court documents, Scoggins, Morris, and Witt attempted to purchase the meth with counterfeit money. They say when Pritchett realized the money was fake, he made a move like he was going to pull a gun, so Witt shot him with a 20-gauge shotgun.
Both Witt and Morris have upcoming court dates in January.