Man Pleads Guilty In 2008 West Indian Day Shootings

Michael Ledbetter (Photo: Hartford Police Department)

Two years ago, a man was killed and six juveniles were shot in a violent end to Hartford’s West Indian day festivities.

Police arrested Michael Ledbetter not long after the Aug. 9, 2008 shootings. On Thursday, the 19-year-old Ledbetter pleaded guilty to seven charges – one count of first degree manslaughter with a weapon and six counts of first degree accessory assault.

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According to a deal he has reached with the state and under consideration by a state court judge, Ledbetter could serve 14 years in jail and eight years on special parole.  Absent such a deal, he could face 160 years in jail.

Ledbetter pleaded guilty to all charges under the Alford doctrine.  That means he isn’t admitting guilt, but he is conceding that the state would likely convict him at trial.

The man who died that day was Ezekial Roberts, a 21-year-old relative of Hartford Police Chief Daryl K. Roberts.

Ledbetter is scheduled to be sentenced August 17.

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