South Jersey Man Pleads Guilty In Beating Death Outside Buffett Concert

CAMDEN, N.J. (CBS) — A South Jersey man has pleaded guilty to a 2012 killing at a Jimmy Buffett concert in Camden (See Previous Story).

Camden County Prosecutor Warren W. Faulk says Matthew Shields, 23, of Westville, pleaded guilty to manslaughter on Monday.

According to Faulk, Shields admitted to punching Ryan Cole, 20, of Bellmawr, in the back of the head on August 28, 2012.  It happened while Cole tailgated with friends in the parking lot of the Susquehanna Center (See Previous Story). Cole hit his head on the pavement when he fell and died three days later.

A sentencing is scheduled for May 16.

Faulk say the plea agreement calls for a term of four years incarceration, 85 percent of which must be served before Shields is eligible for parole.

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