Man Pleads Guilty In Fatal 2018 Shooting On Wake Forest Campus

Man Pleads Guilty In Fatal 2018 Shooting On Wake Forest Campus

3:54pm Jun 11, 2020
The Barn is an events facility on the Wake Forest University campus. Najee Ali Baker died after suffering a gunshot wound at a party held there. EDDIE GARCIA/WFDD

A North Carolina man has been sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the 2018 shooting death of a college student.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports Jakier Austin entered the guilty plea Thursday morning in Forsyth County Superior Court.

Austin was initially charged with first-degree murder in the death of Najee Ali Baker, a Winston-Salem State University football player. Baker was shot after a party that was held in January 2018 at Wake Forest University.

Assistant District Attorney Belinda Foster said prosecutors were hampered in pursuing a first-degree murder conviction because none of the witnesses would cooperate. 

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