Dedric Jovan Brown of Lexington was sentenced to 18 years in prison Thursday in connection with the Dec. 28, 2009, shooting death of acquaintance Brannon S. Winn.
Brown, 31, was originally charged with murder. He accepted a plea deal and pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in January. He also pleaded guilty to an amended charge of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
Fayette Circuit Judge Thomas Clark followed prosecutors' recommendation that Brown serve 15 years on the manslaughter charge. Clark also sentenced Brown to five years in prison on the other charge, with three of those years to run consecutively and two of the years to run concurrently with the manslaughter sentence.
Brown is accused of shooting Winn, 24, of Lexington after the two had been involved in a fight near Sixth and Toner streets.
Before he was sentenced, Brown apologized for the pain and suffering he had caused.
Brown must serve 85 percent of the manslaughter sentence and 20 percent of the other sentence. With credit for time he has already served in jail, he will have to serve more than 12 years before he's eligible for parole, according to attorneys involved in the case.