Man pleads guilty to killing West Virginia teen
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A white man accused of killing a black teen in West Virginia nearly three years ago has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.
News outlets report 65-year-old William Ronald Pulliam entered the plea Monday in Kanawha County on what would have been his first day of trial in the shooting death of 15-year-old James Harvey Means. Terms of the plea deal call for prosecutors to recommend a 20-year prison sentence.
Prosecutors have said the two argued before the shooting, and Pulliam has said he felt threatened and acted in self-defense.
Grainy video depicts Pulliam shooting Means once and Means turning away before Pulliam shoots him a second time.
The judge said he would set sentencing after a probation officer completes a pre-sentence report on Pulliam.