An Augusta man accused of fatally shooting his sister’s boyfriend pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of voluntary manslaughter Monday.
Michael Roundtree Jr., 33, entered his plea in Richmond County Superior Court. On June 4, 2015, Roundtree shot 46-year-old Mack Nelson three times. Nelson died during surgery.
Roundtree was asleep at his sister’s home when one of her children woke him up because April Roundtree and Nelson had gotten into an argument that turned physical. April Roundtree’s three children witnessed the shooting, said Assistant District Attorney Ashley Muller.
Because there was evidence of provocation, Muller said she agreed to reducing the murder charge to voluntary manslaughter. She asked for a prison term of 20 years.
Defense attorney Thomas McCants asked the judge to consider a prison sentence of 10 years. What happened that day was tragic, McCants said, and Roundtree was taking responsibility for his role. Roundtree was greatly affected by what happened to his parents and is overly protective of his sisters, McCants said.
In May 1984, Michael Roundtree Sr. shot and killed his wife, Virginia Robinson, 25.
April Roundtree told the judge that she doesn’t think her brother intentionally shot Nelson. She was with Nelson for nine years. “I just want my brother to know I love him,” she said.
Roundtree apologized to Mack’s family.
Judge Michael N. Annis sentenced Roundtree to 15 years in prison followed by 10 years on probation.
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