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Ex-student pleads guilty in shooting death on Arizona campus

Judge suspends jury deliberations in NAU shooting trial
Posted at 12:51 PM, Jan 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-09 17:57:35-05

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - A former Northern Arizona University student has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the shooting death of a fellow student on campus.

Steven Jones' plea Thursday spares him from a second trial. The 23-year-old had been scheduled to face trial later this month, but his plea deal with prosecutors makes that moot.

Jones has long acknowledged firing the shots that killed a 20-year-old student and injured three others on the Flagstaff campus. He claims he acted in self defense.

Prosecutors have painted Jones as the aggressor. The plea deal calls for a five- to 10-year sentence instead of up to 25 years that he faced if jurors convicted him.