- Associated Press - Thursday, February 4, 2016

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) - A Winston-Salem man has entered a plea in the shooting death of a teen in July 2014.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported (https://bit.ly/1PUa18w) that 26-year-old William Darnell Ruth III entered an Alford plea Wednesday to a charge of voluntary manslaughter and assault with a deadly weapon.

An Alford plea does not admit guilty, but concedes there is enough evidence for a conviction.

Prosecutors say 17-year-old Danny Joe Harris died in a shooting during a break-in. A woman was hurt in the shooting.

Superior Court Judge Andy Cromer sentenced Ruth to between 18 months and 32 months in prison on the voluntary manslaughter charge. Ruth got a suspended sentence for the assault charge. He also must serve five years of supervised probation.

Ruth was initially charged with second-degree murder.

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Information from: Winston-Salem Journal, https://www.journalnow.com


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