Defendant Rodricus Mason, 26, was set for trial this week, but instead entered felony guilty pleas to voluntary manslaughter and convicted felon in possession of a handgun. Criminal Court Judge Lee Coffee approved the settlement.
Investigators said Mason shot and killed 23-year-old Roan Gardner Jr. after the two exchanged words on the parking lot of a convenience store in the 2700 block of Kimball Ave. and Pendleton St. The incident occurred shortly after 3 a.m. on July 1, 2016.
The case was handled by Asst. Dist. Attys. Leslie Fouche and Holly Palmer in Division 7, one of two Special Prosecution courtrooms where repeat felony offenders are assigned.