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Najee Baker killer pleads guilty to manslaughter charges

Man arrested for killing Winston-Salem State football player Najee Baker pleads guilty to manslaughter charges. He'll spend 7 years in prison.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A North Carolina man has been sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the 2018 shooting death of a college student.

Jakier Austin entered the guilty plea Thursday morning in Forsyth County Superior Court, officials said. Austin was initially charged with first-degree murder in the death of Najee Ali Baker, a Winston-Salem State University football player. 

Baker was shot after a party that was held in January 2018 at Wake Forest University. 

Assistant District Attorney Belinda Foster said prosecutors were hampered in pursuing a first-degree murder conviction because none of the witnesses would cooperate. 

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