- Associated Press - Monday, January 12, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A Springfield man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder a day before his trial was to begin for killing his ex-girlfriend.

Twenty-four-year-old Terrance Brown had faced a first-degree murder charge in the 2013 shooting of 19-year-old Tyshianna Atkins.

Hampden Superior Court Judge Tina Page sentenced Brown to 25 years to life in prison after his plea to the lesser charge on Monday. His trial had been scheduled for Tuesday.

Prosecutors said Brown shot Atkins after she broke up with him and began a new relationship. Brown told police then that someone else had shot her.

The Springfield Republican reports (https://bit.ly/1wS0Dtx) that dozens of Atkins’ family members and friends were in the courtroom Monday.

Her mother, sister and cousins gave victim impact statements describing Atkins as a joyful, loving person.

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

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