- Associated Press - Friday, January 6, 2017

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - A Jacksonville man has pleaded guilty to fatally shooting his girlfriend’s estranged husband nearly a decade ago.

The Florida Times-Union (https://goo.gl/G3omn9 ) reports that 33-year-old Antonio Javon Simmons pleaded guilty this week to the second-degree murder. He faces between 10 and 20 years in prison at his Feb. 13 sentencing.

Authorities say Simmons shot 21-year-old James Joseph Brigham in September 2007 when Brigham was returning his daughters to his estranged wife’s home after a custody visit. Simmons fled to Texas after the shooting, where he was captured two months later.

Simmons initially claimed Brigham was killed by two robbers but later said he killed Brigham in self-defense.

Simmons was originally convicted in 2008 and sentenced to life in prison, but the case was overturned because of incorrect jury instructions.


Information from: The (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union, https://www.jacksonville.com



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