Man pleads guilty to manslaughter in fatal Bradenton shooting

Man pleads guilty to manslaughter in fatal Bradenton shooting
Devon Freeman, whose second-degree murder trial was set to begin Monday, has pleaded to a lesser charge of manslaughter. His sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 8. (Manatee County Sheriff's Department)

SARASOTA (WWSB) - A man who fatally shot a woman during a fight with her boyfriend in Bradenton faces up to 15 years in prison.

Devon Freeman, whose second-degree murder trial was set to begin Monday, pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter. His sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 8.

Authorities say Freeman, then 21, was moving into an East Bradenton neighborhood in November 2016 when he says he was threatened by Frank Brice. Both men had been engaged in an ongoing rivalry between two groups.

“The suspect and friend of the victim knew of one another and actually have had some problems in the past and so that’s what facilitated the shooting,” said Dave Bristow, a spokesperson for the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

Freeman has claimed that Brice pulled a gun, prompting Freeman to shoot at Brice’s car outside an apartment on the 3300 block of 4th Street East. Brice’s passenger and girlfriend, 18-year-old Moriah Hope Goode, was fatally struck.

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