Man pleads guilty to first-degree manslaughter

New Haven man has pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A New Haven man accused of fatally shooting a close friend after an argument, has pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter.

The New Haven Register reports 34-year-old Michael Mitchell accepted a plea deal with prosecutors on Friday that includes 32 years in prison. He is to be sentenced in July.

Mitchell had been charged with murder in the 2012 death of his boyhood friend Marquis Eaddy, who was then 32. They began arguing at a West Haven bar and continued after they returned to Mitchell’s home. Prosecutor Gary Nicholson said Mitchell fired several shots, one of which struck Eaddy in the chest.

The prosecutor and defense attorney said Mitchell may have been under the influence of a drug.

Eaddy’s mother Barbara said she approved of the plea deal, but was disappointed Mitchell didn’t express remorse.

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