Man admits to opening fire on crowded party, wounding girl
ASBURY PARK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man admitted he opened fire into a crowd of people at a house party last year, wounding a 15-year-old girl.
Twenty-three-year-old Josiphia Fowlkes pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and firearm possession charges Monday. The Asbury Park Press reports jury selection for a trial was scheduled to begin Tuesday, which would have included a charge of attempted murder.
Fowlkes’ attorney says ballistics evidence and cell phone records forced a change of circumstance in the trial.
Fowlkes faced a maximum of 60 years in state prison if convicted at trial, but the state offered him a maximum of 16 years in prison in exchange for his guilty plea Monday.
The man’s attorney says he will argue for a 10-year sentence at sentencing in July.
Information from: Asbury Park (N.J.) Press, http://www.app.com