BRIEF: Man receives 20-year sentence for manslaughter
Nov 16, 2012 (Menafn - Jackson County Floridan - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --Circuit Judge William Wright sentenced Shaquille Maurice Pittman to 20 years in prison Friday after Pittman pleaded no contest to manslaughter with a firearm and attempted robbery with a deadly weapon.
According to a press release issued on behalf of State Attorney Glenn Hess, Pittman shot 53-year-old Lynwood Alvin Coleman to death on April 29, 2011, in Coleman's home at 2915 Orange St. in Marianna during an attempted robbery.
Pittman ran from the scene, but was identified through witnesses and physical evidence. Arrested July 8, 2011, he was later indicted of first-degree murder and attempted robbery with a firearm.
Assistant State Attorney Larry Basford had been in Marianna this week preparing Coleman's case for trial, which was scheduled for the week of Nov. 26. Coleman decided to plea instead of facing a jury and a possible life sentence. Wright sentenced Pittman to 20 years in prison for the manslaughter charge and 15 years in prison for attempted robbery with a deadly weapon, and ordered the penalties to run concurrently.
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