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Manslaughter plea in slaying blamed on disrespectful look

September 1, 2018

YORK, Pa. (AP) — A man has pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in a central Pennsylvania slaying that authorities say stemmed from a look that was perceived as disrespectful.

The York Daily Record reports that 32-year-old Jose “Menor”Castro-Oquendo is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 3. York County prosecutors dropped first- and third-degree homicide charges in exchange for the plea.

Authorities alleged that the defendant and his older brother attacked 22-year-old Lester Cortes-Cotto on July 9 in York after the younger brother felt “disrespected” by a look from him. Police say a gun pulled from the victim’s waistband was fired during the struggle, and he died from “multiple sharp-force injuries.”

Prosecutors earlier dropped homicide and other charges against the older brother, 35-year-old Juan Castro-Oquendo, saying a key witness wasn’t cooperating.

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Information from: York Daily Record, http://www.ydr.com

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