- Associated Press - Thursday, August 20, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A Springfield man charged in the 2014 shooting death of an 18-year-old high school student has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

The Republican reports (https://bit.ly/1Lmf2tH ) 20-year-old Nathan Cruz entered the plea Wednesday. He had pleaded not guilty to the charges last year.

A judge handed down a sentence of 22 to 25 years in state prison.

Cruz and two others were charged in connection with the death of Caleb Worrell outside a city convenience store. Prosecutors say Cruz and Worrell were members of rival gangs and a feud had been going on.

Prosecutors say Worrell was shot in the chest after a confrontation. They say a witness identified Cruz as the shooter.

The other two defendants pleaded guilty as youthful offenders and were given four to five years in state prison.

___

Information from: The Springfield (Mass.) Republican, https://www.masslive.com/news/

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide