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Man sentenced to prison for drug shooting

September 19, 2018

SALEM, Mass. (AP) — A judge has sentenced a man to 15 to 17 years in prison in the shooting death of a Massachusetts man during a drug exchange.

The Salem News reports 21-year-old Xavier Collazo was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty to a reduced charge of manslaughter.

Prosecutors say Collazo shot and killed 27-year-old Benjamin Magee in March 2016, after Magee had agreed to go with an acquaintance to buy crack cocaine from Collazo.

Prosecutors say the acquaintance owed Collazo money, and a struggle broke out during the drug exchange.

Collazo fired a gun and struck Magee twice.

Police arrested Collazo two weeks later in Jacksonville, Florida.

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