HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man who fatally shot another man during an argument last year has been sentenced to 18 years in prison.
The Hartford Courant reports 39-year-old James Burrill was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty to manslaughter earlier this month. Burrill had initially faced a murder charge in the March 2016 shooting of 33-year-old Jerome Mack Jr.
Prosecutors say there were no witnesses but that Burrill says he shot Mack after an argument turned physical in an apartment. He says Mack pulled a gun that went off during the struggle, hitting Mack in the chest.
Burrill fled the state after the shooting but was caught several months later in Syracuse, New York.