Man enters plea on charges in July shooting death

The man charged with fatally shooting 19-year-old Darnell Lorenzo Brown at a July Fourth barbecue pleaded guilty to a voluntary manslaughter charge Monday.

Jerome Jerrod "Dirt" Sturgis was sentenced to 18 years in prison and five years on probation by Superior Court Judge Carlisle Overstreet, according to court records. Sturgis was initially charged with murder, but it was reduced to voluntary manslaughter.

He also pleaded guilty to two charges of aggravated assault stemming from his shooting a 12-year-old and a 19-year-old at the barbecue and possessing a firearm during the commission of a crime.

Sturgis was apprehended later that month after fleeing to Columbia.