Wrongful Death Suit In 1994 UK Football Player Death

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - The man who pleaded guilty in the shooting death of University of Kentucky football player Trent DiGiuro is now fighting a wrongful-death lawsuit from DiGiuro's family.

Shane Ragland was accused of targeting DiGiuro in revenge for keeping him out of a fraternity. He was convicted of murder in 2002 and sentenced to 30 years in prison, but he won a new trial. Rather than face a new trial he pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

The plea deal was for time served and an additional three days of home incarceration.

Ragland's attorney says his client's guilty plea does not automatically establish liability for the 1994 slaying. He says a jury should decide whether Ragland is liable.

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