WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Worcester man charged with gunning down two other man during a botched drug deal in 2011 has pleaded guilty to manslaughter charges just as his trial was about to start.

Michael Wood had faced two counts of murder stemming from the April 2011 shooting deaths of 20-year-old Victor Estrella, of Framingham, and 21-year-old Moises Nazario, of Worcester.

The Telegram & Gazette (http://bit.ly/1u5djKQ ) reports that the 25-year-old Wood was sentenced to 40 years in prison after reaching a deal with prosecutors Monday in Worcester Superior Court. Had he been convicted of murder, he faced life in prison without parole.

Police say the shooting was the result of a drug deal in which Wood and two companions thought they were getting cheated.

The two other men involved previously pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

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Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), http://www.telegram.com