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Springfield man pleads guilty in fatal shooting of high school student last year


SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts — A Springfield man charged in the 2014 shooting death of an 18-year-old high school student has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

The Republican reports (http://bit.ly/1Lmf2tH ) 20-year-old Nathan Cruz entered the plea Wednesday. He had pleaded not guilty to the charges last year.

A judge handed down a sentence of 22 to 25 years in state prison.

Cruz and two others were charged in connection with the death of Caleb Worrell outside a city convenience store. Prosecutors say Cruz and Worrell were members of rival gangs and a feud had been going on.

Prosecutors say Worrell was shot in the chest after a confrontation. They say a witness identified Cruz as the shooter.

The other two defendants pleaded guilty as youthful offenders and were given four to five years in state prison.

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

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