Steven Jones, a former scholar at Northern Arizona College, pleaded responsible to manslaughter on Thursday for his involvement within the taking pictures demise of a fellow scholar, who he claimed to have killed in self-defense.
The plea deal will assist him keep away from a second trial after a deadlocked jury led to a mistrial the primary time round, in accordance to The Related Press.
Jones, 23, was reportedly set to have his new trial later this month.
Jones had beforehand admitted to killing Colin Brough, 20, in October 2015 and injuring three different college students with a .40 caliber handgun. However he claims the scenario escalated after he was verbally and bodily attacked.
Prosecutors supplied a unique tackle Jones and tried to color him as a assassin who was seeking to get even after getting punched within the face.
His attorneys claimed that Jones did not fireplace the gun till after saying that he was armed and Brough got here at him in a threatening method.
Jones claimed he solely fired after the opposite college students dog-piled him.
Along with manslaughter, Jones additionally pleaded responsible to a few counts of aggravated assault and is dealing with 5 to 10 years in jail. If he have been to be convicted of second-degree homicide, he would have confronted 25 years in jail.