Daren Alexis, 33, pleaded guilty Tuesday to first degree manslaughter in the August shooting death of JaDero J. Kelley, 26, of Cheektowaga.
Jury selection was set to begin in Alexis’ trial on a charge of second degree murder when he indicated he would be interested in a plea deal. Had Alexis been convicted or murder, he could have faced a possible maximum sentence of 25 years to life. In accepting the plea, State Supreme Court Justice M. William Boller said he would cap the sentence at between 20 and 25 years when Alexis returns before him July 7.
Alexis shot Kelley near 128 French St. at about 1:20 p.m. on Aug. 5, according to Assistant District Attorney Michael Smith. Kelley was hit four times, in the legs, abdomen and chest, but drove himself to Erie County Medical Center, where he died.
Alexis left the area after the shooting and was arrested in early January in Winston-Salem, N.C., at a car wash where he was working.