Windsor man pleads guilty in basketball tournament shooting

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man cut a deal with prosecutors and agreed to plead guilty in the fatal shooting of an innocent bystander following an outdoor basketball tournament in Hartford last year.

The Hartford Courant reports 24-year-old Roosevelt Holmes pleaded guilty to charges of first-degree manslaughter with a firearm on Monday as part of the deal that will have him serve 25 years in prison for the crime.

The incident began in June 2017 when Holmes got into an altercation with another man at the “Heat on the Street” basketball tournament at Rawson Elementary School.

Holmes claimed the man grabbed his Cartier sunglasses off his face and he went after him. After the unidentified man allegedly began shooting, Holmes returned fire and ultimately struck 41-year-old James Headen Jr. in the head.


Information from: Hartford Courant,

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