Defendant Withdraws Guilty Plea In 2009 Shooting
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) __ A man who pleaded guilty to his role in a fatal shooting in 2009 is withdrawing his plea and taking his chances at trial because a jury acquitted his codefendant.
Anthony Boyd Williams was scheduled to be sentenced Monday. Instead, his attorney filed a motion to withdraw the plea Williams entered Jan. 4 to conspiracy to commit first-degree assault and hindering prosecution charges.
The Hartford Courant reports that the judge did not immediately rule, but warned Williams that there is a risk of a lengthy sentence at trial.
Williams and his cousin, Tyshawn Case, attended a vigil in July 2009 in East Hartford for another slaying victim. A fight broke out and Brian Rivera was fatally shot.
Case was charged with killing Rivera, but was acquitted last month.
Information from: The Hartford Courant, http://www.courant.com
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