BARTOW – A central Florida teen has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for a fatal shooting.
As part of a deal with Polk County prosecutors, 18-year-old Shaquille Rose pleaded guilty Friday to manslaughter with a firearm. The Ledger reports that he had initially been charged with second-degree murder, which could have meant a life sentence.
Authorities say Rose was 16 years old in January 2012 when shot 18-year-John Hazelton in the doorway to Hazelton’s apartment. A witness told police that Rose had gone to Hazelton’s home to discuss an earlier argument between the teens.