- Associated Press - Friday, June 26, 2015

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - A Worcester man has been sentenced to 15 to 20 years in prison for fatally shooting his best friend in 2010.

The Telegram & Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1e7YPd0 ) that 28-year-old Carl Larocque was sentenced Friday in Worcester Superior Court for the killing of 21-year-old Kevin Shavies Jr. in Crompton Park.

Larocque had been charged with murder, but a jury found him guilty of a reduced charge voluntary manslaughter Thursday.

Larocque testified he shot Shavies in self-defense, while prosecutors said the killing was premeditated. There also was trial testimony that both men were in the Bloods gang.

Larocque said Shavies pulled a gun on him and he knocked it to the ground, then picked it up. Larocque said he shot Shavies when Shavies pulled a second gun and charged at him.

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Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), http://www.telegram.com

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