Man accused in UConn stabbing pleads no contest

Connecticut corner back Jasper Howard (6) tries to get the crowd into the game during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game against Rutgers Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008, in Piscataway, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

January 14, 2011 10:46:37 AM PST
The man accused of fatally stabbing a University of Connecticut football player in 2009 has pleaded no contest to first-degree manslaughter.

John Lomax III of Bloomfield had faced a murder charge, but on Friday entered his plea to the lesser charge in Superior Court.

He faces up to 20 years in prison at sentencing.

Authorities say the 22-year-old Lomax stabbed Jasper Howard, a defensive back, in the abdomen during a dispute outside a dance on campus on Oct. 18, 2009 that investigators think started over a comment one player made about a woman.

Lomax's trial was supposed to start this month.

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