Man pleads guilty to manslaughter in 2009 murder

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by Amy Stallings

WHAS11.com

Posted on December 7, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 7 at 2:01 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- After three years the case is now closed on the shooting death of Joseph McNealy - killed in November of 2009.

In a Jefferson County courtroom Friday, Marcus Crook, one of the men charged in the case, pleaded guilty to first degree manslaughter.

In a written statement, Crook admitted it all started with an argument over money. Crook said McNealy stole from him and he believes McNealy would have shot him had he not fired first.

The judge dismissed charges against Crook's codefendant, Steve Bledsoe.

It was a emotional moment for McNealys family and a decision they said brings no relief.

Crook was sentenced to 10 years in prison with credit for time served. He'll be eligible for parole after serving at least 85 percent of his sentence.

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