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Columbus man dies 6 years after east side armed robbery

Lamonte Richardson (Courtesy: Department of Rehabilitation and Correction)

A Columbus man has died more than 6 years after he was paralyzed during an armed robbery.

Police confirm Brandon Coleman, 33 passed away at the Manor of Whitehall Convalescent Care Center on September 2nd. He had been moved to hospice care at the facility in August 2016.

On April 28th, 2011, Coleman was robbed and shot in his back outside a small strip mall on E. 5th Avenue near Cassady Avenue. He was taken to Grant Medical Center and diagnosed with paralysis from the gunshot.

Police arrested Lamonte Richardson, 31 nearly two months after the shooting and he was convicted in 2012 of felonious assault and having a weapon under disability. He has been serving his sentence at Southeastern Correctional Institution in Hocking County since his conviction.

The Franklin County Coroner's Office conducted an autopsy following Coleman's death and determined his death was a homicide. Detectives are now working with the prosecutor's office to determine if additional charges will be filed against Richardson.

Coleman's death is the city's 91st homicide of 2017 and the fourth so far in September.

The city didn't hit its 91st homicide in 2016 until December 4th. On September 6th, 2016 the city had experienced 65 homicides.

In 2015 the city's 91st homicide was recorded on December 23rd. On September 6th, 2015 the city had experienced 66 homicides.

1991 remains the deadliest year in city history with 139 homicides.

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