Man Pleads Guilty in PSU Basketball Player's Death

By: AP
By: AP

PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) _ Aaron Graham has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the death of a former Pittsburg State basketball player.

Graham entered the plea Friday in Crawford County District Court in the 2007 death of Jamey Richardson. Richardson, 26, bled to death as the result of a gunshot wound to the calf.

Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 23, though there is only one outcome. Kansas law puts Graham's sentence at life in prison, with the possibility for parole in 20 years.

Graham was the third and final defendant to be found guilty in connection with Richardson's murder.

Samuel Becker was found guilty in January of all charges after a jury trial, and will have his first chance of parole in 25 years.

Edward Gordon pleaded no contest earlier to second-degree murder and was found guilty. Gordon accepted a plea deal in exchange for cooperating against Becker and Graham.

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