Covington man pleads guilty to dragging man out of nightclub, shooting him at ‘point blank range’

A Covington man faces more than a decade in prison after pleading guilty to following a man out of a Newport nightclub and shooting him, according to the Campbell County District Attorney’s Office.

Marcus Benson, 39, pleaded guilty Monday to one count of attempted murder, according to documents filed in Campbell County Circuit Court. As part of his guilty plea, prosecutors dropped a persistent felony charge, according to court records.

Benson’s plea comes just two weeks before his trial, according to court records. His attorney has yet to respond to a message from The Enquirer seeking comment.

In court documents, prosecutors said Benson shot Samuel Ushery “multiple times at close range” in January 2021.

Prior to the shooting, Benson followed Ushery for several blocks to the Ultra Lounge nightclub in Newport before “ambushing” him outside the Mokka and the Sunset Bar and Grille on Monmouth Street, prosecutors said.

Deputy Commonwealth Chief Prosecutor Michael Zimmerman said Ushery ultimately survived the encounter.

Court and jail records show Benson was incarcerated at the Campbell County Detention Center in April 2021 after being extradited from San Diego, California.

Prosecutors have recommended a 15-year prison sentence, according to Zimmerman. Benson is due in court for sentencing on June 1.

This article originally appeared on the Cincinnati Enquirer: Covington man begs man out of nightclub, shoots him

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