Teen gets 15 years for killing Columbus man

Curtis Adams (Source: Columbus Police Department)
Curtis Adams (Source: Columbus Police Department)

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  A Columbus teen knows his fate in prison for shooting and killing a man during a rash of murders back in December of 2008.

Just as the defense and prosecution were getting ready to pick a jury for Curtis Adams' murder trial Monday, he decided to take a plea deal.

The 18-year-old pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter for shooting 32-year-old John O'Neal at the Victory Crossing Apartments on North Lumpkin Road.

Prosecutors say the teen shot O'Neal in the back during a family brawl at the South Columbus complex.

During the scuffle, the state says O'Neal punched his fiancee, who is Adams' aunt, and Adams says he shot O'Neal in defense of her.

Assistant District Attorney David Helmick says O'Neal was unarmed. He tells WTVM the victim's family is happy with the outcome of the case and want to move forward.

Curtis Adams was sentenced to 15 years, six of which he'll spend behind bars and the remainder on probation.

Adams' attorney, Stacey Jackson says a video tapped confession of him with police and eye witness testimony played a part in his deciding to take a plea deal.

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