Teen admits to role in death of ‘Grandpa of Capitol Avenue’

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A 19-year-old man has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the 2013 death of a 72-year-old man known as the “Grandpa of Capitol Avenue” in Bridgeport.

The Connecticut Post reports Qaavon Foster pleaded guilty Tuesday under the Alford Doctrine to second-degree manslaughter and first-degree robbery in the death of David Roman.

The Alford plea means that Foster doesn’t agree with the state’s evidence but he acknowledges there’s enough to warrant a conviction.

Prosecutors say Foster, then 17, and another teen shoved Roman off his bicycle on Madison Avenue on Sept. 13, 2013. Roman struck his head on the pavement and was on life support for months before dying in August 2014.

Judge Robert Devlin said he would sentence Foster to serve 12 years in prison on June 17.

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Information from: Connecticut Post, http://www.connpost.com

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