Wilford "Bug" Daniels pleaded guilty Monday to a reduced charge of first-degree manslaughter for fatally stabbing one of his friends when they got into a fight over a card game as they were celebrating Daniels' 35th birthday two years ago.
Just as testimony was set to begin at Daniels' second-degree murder trial before Erie County Judge Sheila A. DiTullio and a jury, Daniels, of Cambridge Avenue, accepted a prosecution plea deal to the reduced charge in the death of Maurice Brown, 28, on Nov. 9, 2005.
Daniels, who had been free on $30,000 bail, was remanded to jail following his plea. The judge told him she is likely to cap his impending state prison term at 10 years when he is returned to court for sentencing April 13.
Prosecutors Kenneth F. Case and James F. Bargnesi said Daniels and Moore got into a fist fight at about 1 a.m. as they were playing cards at Daniels' birthday party.
After the fight moved outside, Brown, of Dartmouth Avenue, punched Daniels, who then stabbed him once right in the heart, Case and Bargnesi said. Brown was pronounced dead in Erie County Medical Center.
Daniels, who had served a brief state prison term on a drug charge years ago, fled but was quickly captured by police, the prosecutors said.