Connecticut man convicted of manslaughter in shooting over sunglasses
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man charged with shooting and killing another man in a dispute over a pair of high-end sunglasses has been convicted of manslaughter.
William Coleman was found guilty by a Superior Court jury Wednesday of first-degree manslaughter with a firearm for the July 4, 2017, killing of Victor Millan in Hartford.
Coleman, 29, of Hartford, was initially charged with murder, but was convicted of the lesser offense.
Coleman took the stand in his own defense during the trial and testified that he only started shooting because someone else fired first. He said the shots “scared” him and he didn't intend to shoot 25-year-old Millan, of East Hartford.
Coleman, who had been shot previously, “acted out of panic, fear,” said his attorney, Claud Chong.
The shooting stemmed from an argument between two groups of people over the glasses Millan was wearing, prosecutors said.
Coleman faces a maximum of 40 years in prison when he is sentenced March 26.