New Haven Man Pleads Guilty In Friend’s Death

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A New Haven man has pleaded guilty to strangling an acquaintance and setting fire to his apartment.

The New Haven Register reports that Demetrius Robinson on Thursday pleaded guilty to reduced charges of first-degree manslaughter and second-degree arson in exchange for a 25-year prison sentence.

He had originally faced a murder charge in connection with the May 2015 death of 56-year-old Willie Evans.

Police say Robinson killed his friend then set fire to his public housing apartment to cover up the crime. Investigators initially thought Evans died from smoke inhalation, but the medical examiner determined Evans died from “neck compression homicide.”

Prosecutors say the men knew each other and records show multiple phone calls between the two.

Formal sentencing was scheduled for Nov. 3.

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