- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A 21-year-old New Haven man is asking a judge to allow him to withdraw his guilty plea to a charge of first-degree manslaughter with a firearm.

The New Haven Register reports (https://bit.ly/1Pp3N0d ) Jahmal Fulcher claims that his attorney “forced” him to plead guilty to the charge stemming from the 2013 fatal shooting of Brian Gibson.

Fulcher was scheduled to be sentenced to serve 20 years in prison on Monday. A deal with prosecutors reduced his original murder charge to manslaughter.

Fulcher sent a letter to Judge Patrick Clifford from prison lodging numerous allegations against public defender Kevin Smith. Clifford said among the accusations included Fulcher’s claim that his guilty plea was involuntary.

Clifford will decide if Fulcher is entitled to an evidentiary hearing on his claims.



Smith declined to comment.

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