‘Big Baby’ pleads guilty to accidentally killing best friend
BRIDGEPORT - Terrell “Big Baby” Evans shed no tears Tuesday when he pleaded guilty to fatally shooting his best friend while trying to shoot someone else.
But the victim’s family were sobbing when they learned Evans was just facing 15 years in prison.
“I think he should go to jail for life,” Kyree Kennedy’s father, Kiri Langston, told Superior Court Judge Robert Devlin.
The 23-year-old Evans, of Marigold Avenue, pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter, carrying a pistol without a permit, criminal possession of a firearm and violation of probation as he was about to go to trial.
Under the plea bargain, the judge told Evans he is facing 15 years in prison followed by a period of probation when he is sentenced May 3.
Evans is accused of accidentally shooting his friend, 22-year-old Kennedy, of Success Avenue, in the head while the two were in the midst of doing a drive-by shooting on May 2, 2017.
Kennedy was found slumped over in the driver’s seat of his car shortly before midnight on Read Street. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police said witnesses told them Evans had gone for a ride with Kennedy to Read Street to shoot up a car that belonged to a person Kennedy had an ongoing feud with.
As they approached the target car, police said Evans began firing from the front passenger seat across Kennedy and out the driver’s side window. But at one point Kennedy turned his head and one of Evans’ shots struck him instead, police said.
During a subsequent interview, police said Evans told Lt. Christopher LaMaine that he had nothing to do with the shooting and was asleep in his grandmother’s house at the time. However, police said the grandmother later told them she had not seen Evans that night.