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Birago Blackshear Sentenced to 25 Years
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Correction: This story originally incorrectly described the charges that Blackshear pleaded guilty to. They are: voluntary manslaughter and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

 A Hawkinsville man who admitted killing his ex-girlfriend last year was sentenced to 25 years in prison today.

Birago Blackshear pleaded guilty in Pulaski County Superior Court today to voluntary manslaughter and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was accused of shooting 18-year-old Ashton Bartlett last June.

Judge Sarah Wall sentenced him to serve 20 years on the manslaughter charge and five on the weapons charge.

Jury selection for Blackshear's murder trial was scheduled to begin today.

District Attorney Tim Vaughn said he agreed to let Blackshear plead guilty to the lesser charge in order to guarantee a heavy jail term.

Some members of Bartlett's family told 13WMAZ they were unhappy that Blackshear was not tried for the murder.

Bartlett's father says, "At least take a swing at the ball. You don't go down looking. You have to put forth the effort."

He says 25 years in prison does not compare to a lifetime without his daughter.

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