WILLIAMSPORT — One of three men charged in connection with a fatal street shooting in Williamsport has pleaded guilty the same day trial was to begin for the man accused of the actual shooting.
Cosme Berrones, 21, of Williamsport, pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of third-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, obstruction of justice and tampering with evidence.
Lycoming County Judge Nancy L. Butts accepted the plea just before jury selection began for Monday’s trial of Terence X. Perez, 22, of Williamsport, who is accused of gunning down a man with a .22-caliber rifle on May 11, 2015.
Terms of the plea agreement call for a sentence of 12 o 25 years and require Berrones to testify against Perez.
Berrones admitted driving Perez to a storage unit to get the murder weapon and, with Brandon Love, 21, also of Williamsport, taking Perez to and from the area of the shooting in the 400 block of Grant Street.
That is where Jamil Bryant, 21, was struck 11 times by bullets or bullet fragments.
Perez was under state supervision for a 2013 drug conviction but had removed his ankle monitor. Berrones admitted taking it Perez’s residence to make it appear as if he were there.
Arrest affidavits say the shooting followed an earlier fight in which Bryant shorted another man three grams of marijuana in a drug deal.
Berrones and Love originally told police they were in Bloomsburg at the time of the shooting but then admitted that was lie, affidavits state.
Berrones had been charged with an open count of homicide, as are Perez and Love. His sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 3. All three are jailed without bail.