Springfield man sentenced in fatal robbery shooting

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SPRINGFIELD, MASS. >> A Springfield man has pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the 2012 shooting death of a man during a robbery.

The Republican reports a judge on Wednesday sentenced 25-year-old Ashton Hennessey to 15 to 20 years in state prison. The cases of two co-defendants are pending.

Prosecutors say a resident at a Springfield duplex heard gunshots on Aug. 17, 2012. He found Nicholas Ruiz-Gomez and another person lying on the floor. Ruiz-Gomez was taken to the hospital where he died. The other person was injured in the leg.

Prosecutors say several residents had said two men entered the duplex armed and masked. They say one of the men was later identified as Hennessey.

Hennessey's lawyer says drug use had contributed to his client's behavior, but isn't an excuse.

Information from: The Springfield (Mass.) Republican, http://www.masslive.com/news/


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