Antonio Williams pleaded guilty Tuesday to a felony charge of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the March 1 death of Andre McIntyre. But Judge Jennifer Anderson decided not to accept William’s plea until McIntyre’s family can speak in court for William’s sentencing on June 13.
Williams was charged with second-degree murder in the case. Prosecutors have agreed to drop the charge and will recommend a prison sentence between three and five years in exchange for William’s plea.
Emergency personnel found McIntyre bleeding from a head wound and unconscious near the 300 block of Ridge Road Southeast just after midnight on March 1. He was transported to the hospital where he later died.
Prosecutors said that they could have proved that Williams argued with McIntyre that night and punched him, causing McIntyre to fall and hit his head on the ground.
Two witnesses described McIntyre as being in debt to Williams over drugs and money before the argument, according to charging documents.
One witness said that Williams left the scene and returned when police and paramedics were on scene and asked, “Is Dre alright?” according to the plea agreement.
Paramedics were unsure if McIntyre had been shot in the head, but the cause of death was later ruled blunt force trauma, according plea documents.
Judge Anderson asked Williams if the facts presented in the plea agreement were accurate, to which Williams responded, “Yeah, that’s basically what happened.”
***Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated the severity of the charge that Williams pleaded to. Involuntary manslaughter is a felony charge. We regret the error.
Plea documents have been added to this post below.