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Dezmon Frazier, Chelsea Johnson, Osis Smith and James Edward Williamson Plead No Contest to involuntary manslaughter of Ho Kim in Fairfield

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Four of five defendants charged with murder and robbery of a market during which the owner suffered a heart attack have pleaded no contest to involuntary manslaughter and second-degree commercial burglary in a deal with prosecutors. Dezmon Frazier, 19, and Chelsea Johnson, 20, both of Vacaville, and Osis Smith, 19, and James Edward Williamson, 17, both of Fairfield, face four years and eight months in prison.

Their sentencing date will be set March 21, Solano County Deputy District Attorney Barry Taira said. The defendants’ preliminary hearing began in December and was to continue later this month. The four defendants agreed to a plea deal Thursday, Taira said. A date will be set March 20 to continue a preliminary hearing for the fifth defendant, James Alan Patrick Young, 19, of Fairfield, who allegedly assaulted 70-year-old Ho Kim leading to his death within an hour after the robbery on June 28, 2011.

The five defendants, four of them juveniles, were arrested for armed robbery and murder. Johnson was the only adult defendant. Fairfield police said the suspects pepper-sprayed Kim at the Travis Dairy at 140 E. Travis Blvd. and stole items from the store, including the cash register. Kim called police around 7:50 p.m. to report the robbery and to request an ambulance. He was taken to the NorthBay Medical Center in Fairfield where he died at 8:36 p.m. The Solano County coroner’s office said Kim died of “cardiac arrhythmia due to emotional distress caused by an assault.” A coroner’s office deputy said Kim had a bad heart and had surgery before the robbery.

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