Adrian D. Richardson, saying he overreacted when a fight broke out between two men and that he fatally shot one of them in Feb. 2000, pleaded guilty in Fayette Circuit Court on Friday.
Richardson, 32, was initially charged with murder, tampering with physical evidence and being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun in connection with the death of Bruce A. Price, 32. Richardson also was charged with being a persistent felony offender.
Richardson pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter, to being a persistent felony offender and to amended charges of attempted tampering with physical evidence and attempted possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Prosecutors recommended he serve 10 years on the manslaughter charge plus five more years for being a persistent felony offender. Prosecutors recommended he be sentenced to 12 months in jail for each of the other two charges.
Richardson told Fayette Circuit Judge Kimberly Bunnell he thought Price, who was fighting with Richardson's cousin, had a gun.
Rosie A. Price, the victim's mother, expressed displeasure when she heard about the plea deal later Friday.
"I don't like that manslaughter very much," she said. "That's pretty sad."
The death of Bruce Price, known among his family and friends as "Allen," was investigated as Lexington's first homicide of the new millennium.
Richardson had a history of drug charges dating to 1995 before he was charged in Price's death. Richardson was arrested in October and indicted in December in connection with the shooting of Price.
"I think this is a very fair and reasonable result," said public defender Tom Griffiths, who represented Richardson. "It accurately reflects what happened that night."
Richardson is to be sentenced July 16.