A man who admitted killing another man whose body was found floating in a creek has been sentenced to 15 years to life in state prison despite his attempt to withdraw his guilty plea.
Constantine Jackson, 36, told a judge Friday that he agreed to plead guilty so that his prior criminal record would not be used against him if the case went to trial.
Jackson insisted that his plea be set aside because he said newly discovered evidence exonerated him, but State Supreme Justice John Brunetti rejected his argument.
Jackson pleaded guilty Oct. 14 to second-degree murder in the Jan. 2 drowning of Lewis Porter.
Although Jackson did not admit throwing Porter, 51, into Onondaga Creek, prosecutors said Jackson confronted Porter at a rescue mission over a $60 drug debt, pushed him off the bridge and walked away.