Javaris Crittenton pleads guilty to manslaughter.
Former NBA player Javaris Crittenton pleaded guilty in court on Wednesday to the 2011 murder of a mother of four.
Javaris shot and killed 22-year-old Julian Jones on August 19, 2011 as she walked with a group of friends outside of her southeast Atlanta home.
Prosecutors claim Crittenton was aiming at a man who had robbed him days earlier.
Crittenton was charged with murder, felony murder, attempted murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and participation in criminal street gang activity.
He pleaded guilty to lesser charges of voluntary manslaughter and aggravated assault on Wednesday before opening arguments were set to begin. He also agreed to a 23 year sentence as part of the plea.
Javaris admitted to being a gang member and offered a tearful apology to the family of Julian Jones. He told them her death was a horrible accident and added that he “wishes he could change places with her.”
Crittenton’s cousin (and co-defendant) Douglas Gamble, who was in the car with him at the time of the shooting, also pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and aggravated assault. He was sentenced to three years in custody. He’s currently out on bond.
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