Cornelius Jones of Buffalo pleaded guilty Thursday to manslaughter for shooting a man to death at a neighborhood party in 2015.
Jones, 27, was arraigned in January on second-degree murder charges in the killing of Dequawn Griggs, 21, of Buffalo on July 5, 2015, at a block party on Montana Street.
Jones pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree manslaughter before State Supreme Court Justice John Michalski.
Jones faces a maximum of 15 years in prison. He is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 24.
Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn commended the Buffalo Police Homicide Division, including Detectives Scott Malec and Mark White, as well as Investigator Brian Ross of the state Attorney General’s Office.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Christine M. Garvey of the DA’s Homicide Bureau.