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Co-defendant pleads guilty to assault in 2015 Worcester killing – Worcester Telegram

WORCESTER #8211; One of four people charged in the 2015 shooting death of 18-year-old Sam Castro was sentenced to time served and placed on probation Wednesday after pleading guilty in Worcester Superior Court to assault with a dangerous weapon.

According to motions filed in the case by Ms. Fund on behalf of Mr. Encarnacion, Mr. Ferguson, whom she described as a #8220;cooperating witness#8221; in the case, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of manslaughter and is expected to be sentenced to 8½ to 12½  years in state prison in exchange for his cooperation.

He was placed on GPS as a condition of his probation.

Mr. Ferguson#8217;s case was scheduled for a plea hearing April 13, but Judge Wrenn closed the courtroom to the press and public for the proceeding.

The charges of manslaughter and carrying a firearm without a license were nol prossed by prosecutors. A nol pros is an entry in the court record reflecting a prosecutor#8217;s decision not to proceed with a charge once it has been brought.

Paul R. Jarvey, a spokesman for District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr., said Thursday that Mr. Early brought the Bristol County prosecutors into the case because of #8220;a potential, perceived conflict of interest.#8221; He declined to elaborate.  

Mr. Bath, whose first name is also listed as Qwandry in court records, was one of four people charged in the May 12, 2015, slaying of Mr. Castro, a former standout football player at North High, who was fatally shot on Frederick Street.

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