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Friday Marks Five Years Since The Fatal Shooting Of An NAU Student In Flagstaff

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It was five years ago today that Steven Jones shot four people, one fatally, in the north parking lot at Northern Arizona University. Killed was 18-year-old Colin Brough from Denver, Colorado. Injured were Nicolas Prato, Kyle Zientek and Nick Piring. Jones was originally charged with one count of first-degree murder and six counts of aggravated assault. Jones claimed he shot the students in an act of self-defense. The first trial ended in a mistrial due to a hung jury in 2017. A retrial was supposed to take place in January this year. The first degree murder charge was downgraded to second-degree murder in December of last year. Then Jones accepted a plea deal and pleaded guilty to manslaughter and three aggravated assault charges. He was sentenced to six years in prison. Before he was sentenced, Jones addressed the court saying, “if it were possible, in a heartbeat I would trade places with Colin Brough.” He added “if he could be home with his family and I could be dead, I would do that.” Jones is currently serving his sentence.

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