BARTOW, Fla. (AP) — The two suspects in the 2016 slaying of a Florida man have pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
The Ledger of Lakeland reports prosecutors offered 20-year-olds Todd Gates Jr. and Jacob Byers, who were both originally charged with first-degree murder, the plea deal when witness accounts became inconsistent. Polk County Sheriff’s Office reports say a 17-year-old Larry Graham jumped a fence and was walking down Kim Street in Auburndale on May 23, 2016, when a man wearing a gray ski mask jumped the same fence and leveled a shotgun at Graham.
Graham died after being shot once in the face.
Gate and Byers also face other charges including attempted armed robbery.
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Gate is sentenced to 25 years in prison and 2 years’ probation. Byers is sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Information from: The Ledger (Lakeland, Fla.), http://www.theledger.com