- Associated Press - Friday, May 8, 2015

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - A 20-year-old Tuscaloosa man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter charges in a 2013 shooting.

The Tuscaloosa News reports (https://bit.ly/1ceGGZZ ) Laranden Dewayne Perry agreed to a plea deal with prosecutors to avoid a possible murder conviction. Perry had been scheduled to stand trial this week in the fatal shooting of 27-year-old Rico Barnes.

Barnes was killed on Jan. 31, 2013, and Perry was charged with murder after turning himself in to police. He told investigators that Barnes had robbed him at gunpoint a month earlier, though Perry never reported any robbery to police.

Perry was sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to the manslaughter charge last week. He has applied for probation.

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Information from: The Tuscaloosa News, https://www.tuscaloosanews.com

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