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Man Gets 10 Years in Drug Dispute Shooting

Leon Jiggetts was charged in connection with the June 2014 shooting in Springfield.

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A man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to shooting a man over a drug dispute in Vermont last year.

Leon Jiggetts was charged in connection with the June 2014 shooting in Springfield.

The Valley News reports the 27-year-old Jiggetts pleaded guilty Wednesday to aggravated assault and burglary, and to several unrelated drug charges.

Police alleged that Jiggetts shot 19-year-old Joseph Atkinson in the stomach during a heroin dispute at an apartment.

The pleas were part of a plea agreement accepted by Judge Theresa DiMauro during a change of plea hearing.

DiMauro sentenced Jiggetts to 15 to 25 years in prison, all suspended, with 10 years to serve.

Jiggetts apologized to his family and friends and said he wanted another chance in society.

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