- Associated Press - Thursday, September 8, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A Springfield man is heading to prison after admitting to his role in a fatal shooting two years ago.

The Republican (https://bit.ly/2bW1UMh ) reports that 23-year-old Travis Perkins was sentenced Wednesday to 24 to 26 years behind bars. He pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and two firearms counts.

His co-defendant, 23-year-old Brian Slater of Springfield, also pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter on Wednesday, the day the pair’s trial was expected to start. His sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 21.

The two were arrested and charged with murder in the July 2014 death of 27-year-old Jermaine Cowell, who was found shot in the street near his home.

Their lawyers had sought separate trials for the men, arguing that Slater planned to point the finger at Perkins. But a judge denied the request.

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

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