Man who admitted to killing innocent bystander in New London gets 15 years

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NEW LONDON — A Connecticut man who admitted shooting and killing an innocent bystander during a drug dispute will spend 15 years in prison.

23-year-old Shaquan Lee-Seales previously pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter during his trial in January. The Day reports he was sentenced Thursday in New London Superior Court.to 25 years in prison for his role in the death of Gilberto Olivencia.

Lee-Seales sentence will be suspended after he serves 15 years in prison. Lee-Seales said in a statement that he was sorry to his family and the victim’s family.

Olivencia’s sister, Stephanie Lopez, read a lengthy victim impact statement during sentencing. She called Lee-Seales a “cold-hearted coward” and a parasite.

On Wednesday, Lee-Seales attempted to withdraw his guilty plea, but reversed his decision on Thursday.