- Associated Press - Friday, September 23, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A second man has been given a lengthy prison term for his role in a fatal shooting in Springfield two years ago.

The Republican newspaper (https://bit.ly/2cR756p) reports that Brian Slater was sentenced Thursday in Hampden Superior Court to 12 to 15 years in prison in connection with the July 2014 shooting death of 27-year-old Jermaine Cowell.

Slater pleaded guilty earlier this month to voluntary manslaughter.

Another man, Travis Perkins, had previously been sentenced to up to 26 years in prison in Cowell’s killing. Prosecutors alleged Perkins was the gunman while Slater was an accomplice.

A witness said Perkins and Cowell had had a previous confrontation.

Cowell’s father said his son had a young child and had left his apartment to walk to a nearby store when he was shot.


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