- Associated Press - Friday, March 25, 2011

VERNON, CONN. (AP) - A man who stabbed University of Connecticut football player Jasper Howard to death in 2009 during a fight outside a campus dance is set to be sentenced.

Twenty-two-year-old John Lomax III of Bloomfield is scheduled to appear Friday morning in Rockville Superior Court. He faces up to 20 years in prison after pleading no contest to a reduced charge of first-degree manslaughter in January.

Authorities say Lomax, who had been charged with murder, stabbed the 20-year-old defensive back in the abdomen during a fight between a group of football players and a group that included Lomax. Investigators believe the fight started over a comment a player made about a woman.

Cases remain pending against seven other men charged in connection with the fight. No football players were arrested.

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