Victim died in 2011
FAIRBANKS, Alaska – A 21-year-old Fairbanks man has pleaded guilty in connection with the 2011 death of an acquaintance after an argument.
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner says the trial of Cornelius Everett Jr. was interrupted Monday when he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of 55-year-old Johnson Griffin.
Everett faces an 11-year prison term. He is set to be sentenced in April.
Everett pleaded guilty last year to manslaughter and accepted a 15-year prison term. He later changed his mind.
In June 2011, Griffin was found dead in his Northward Building apartment.
Everett was later identified as a suspect after a medical examiner determined Griffin died of blunt force trauma to his chest.
Authorities have said Griffin likely was assaulted days before he succumbed to his wounds and died.
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