Killer of Bradenton student gets 25 years in prison

bburger@bradenton.comAugust 16, 2010 

MANATEE - A man accused of shooting to death a Bayshore High School student was sentenced to 25 years in prison under a plea deal reached this morning.

Daniel Williams, 19, faced up to life in prison if he had been convicted at trial of second-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Jazmine Thompson on Sept. 4. Under the deal, Williams pleaded no contest to a reduced charge of manslaughter with a firearm, which carries a maximum sentence of 30 years.

Jury selection for a trial had been set to start today.

Williams was accused of shooting Thompson less than an hour after a Southeast High School football game just outside the school.

Thompson, a cheerleader at Bayshore High, was sitting in the back seat of a vehicle with two other cheerleaders inside the car.

They were picking up a cheerleader from Southeast when Williams approached the vehicle and made an inappropriate comment toward the girls during a conversation that lasted a couple of minutes, according to reports.

He walked away firing approximately four shots toward the vehicle, according to reports.

The girls went to drop Thompson off at her residence several blocks away when they realized she had been shot in the head.

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