Two people pleaded guilty Monday the death of a 19-year-old who was shot and killed during a robbery in Lexington last fall.
Chauncey Ingram pleaded guilty tofirst-degree manslaughter in the death of Jeffrey I. Adams, who was shot in the hallway of an apartment complex at 1750 McCullough Drive in October 2014. He also pleaded guilty to second-degree robbery and tampering with physical evidence.
Sayvon Thompson pleaded guilty to facilitation to commit manslaughter, first-degree robbery and tampering with evidence.
Both had been scheduled to be tried on murder charges beginning next week.
They appeared Monday afternoon before Fayette Circuit Judge Pamela Goodwine to enter the pleas.
Formal sentencing has been set for 1 p.m. Jan. 15.
The commonwealth’s attorney’s office has recommended that Ingram, who was a juvenile when he was charged, serve 16 years for manslaughter, 10 years for robbery and four years for tampering, and that Thompson serve three years on the facilitation charge, 15 for robbery and two for tampering.
Adams was a graduate of Bryan Station High School who signed to play football with the University of Pikeville but came back home after a brief stay.
He was shot multiple times during the robbery. Court documents say Ingram and Thompson arranged for Adams to meet them for a narcotics transaction, but Adams’ stepfather, David Sweat, said after Monday’s hearing that the family disputes that.
“There was a girl involved,” he said.
Sweat said he was still processing the pleas.
“It’s been a very quick roller coaster,” he said. “Just glad they’re off the streets. It could be worse. They could be on the run.”