Toledo murderer sentenced for September shooting death

Tyler Watson, 23, was convicted of murder in the death of Nicholas Linke, 20.

A Toledo man will spend at least 18 years behind bars for the murder of a 20-year-old man last September.

Tyler Watson, 23, entered an Alford plea to a charge of murder in the death of Nicholas Linke. An Alford plea means the accused does not admit guilt, but concedes there is enough evidence to convict, which the court then treats as a guilty plea.

According to police, Watson shot Linke in front of a store on Buckeye Street on Sept. 8, 2012. Linke attempted to drive his car for a short distance before he crashed in the 1900 block of Ontario. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital from a gunshot wound to the torso.

The judge sentenced Watson to 18 years to life in prison.