- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 17, 2014

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - A Fitchburg man who had been charged with murder in the shooting death of a city liquor store clerk has pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter.

Jason Velez-Acosta was sentenced to a maximum of 38 years in prison after pleading guilty Monday in Worcester Superior Court in connection with the July 2011 death of 40-year-old Scott Person.

Prosecutors say Velez-Acosta shot Person in the head as the victim left J.V.’s Package Store and Variety at the end of his shift. He died at a hospital two days later.

The 24-year-old Velez-Acosta was one of two men charged in the case. Prosecutors say they were motivated by robbery. The other man awaits trial.

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