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Barber pleads guilty to Manslaughter

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Markus Barber, 25, pled guilty Thursday to Manslaughter in the First Degree for the death of Tamar Jackson in 2008. 

Barber’s conviction from October 5, 2009 was overturned due to an appeal for ineffective representation by defense counsel. That conviction was based off of a guilty plea to one count of Murder in the Second Degree and two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree. The plea was in relation to the same 2008 crime. 

Barber was on trial for shooting Tamar Jackson in the back of the head on March 31, 2008. 

Before the re-trail was to begin, Barber entered a plea of guilty to Manslaughter in the First Degree, with a sentence promise of 20 years in State Prison with 5 years post release supervision. There was also a stipulation that he waive his right to further appeal.

Barber will be sentenced on November 12, 2015 by Judge James Piampiano.

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