Connecticut man pleads guilty to manslaughter in slaying

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A Connecticut man charged with gunning down another man during a dispute over drugs has pleaded guilty manslaughter.

The Stamford Advocate reports that 25-year-old Andrew Russell was originally charged with murder in the June 2014 killing of 46-year-old Williams James, but pleaded to the lesser charge Tuesday before jury selection in his trial was scheduled to start.

In exchange, he faces 10 years behind bars at sentencing on July 30.

Prosecutors say Russell shot James in the head in Stamford in “a disagreement over the sale of narcotics.”

Police estimated there were 50 people in the immediate area at the time of the shooting, and witnesses identified Russell as the shooter.

Russell’s attorney says his client took the deal because he faced 40 years in prison if convicted of murder.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://www.stamfordadvocate.com

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