Columbia man pleads guilty to murder

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A Columbia man who initially claimed he fired in self-defense has pleaded guilty to killing another man on Labor Day last year.

Eric Jamison had been scheduled for trial next month. Instead, he pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree murder, child endangerment and four other counts. The Columbia Daily Tribune reports he was sentenced on the spot to 20 years in prison.

The victim, 21-year-old Crestful Williams, was the former boyfriend of Jamison’s girlfriend.

Authorities said the girlfriend told police Jamison was jealous of her relationship with her ex-boyfriend and was upset that he planned to stop at her apartment. The two men argued after Williams arrived, and Jamison fired multiple rounds at the victim.

The girlfriend was hit by a stray bullet.

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