EVERETT, Wash. — A Camano Island man accused of shooting a 34-year-old man to death has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

The Daily Herald reported Friday that the prosecution and defense for 37-year-old Ezekiel Scannell-McCrae recommend he receive an 18-year sentence.

Scannell-McRae is accused of shooting and killing Joseph Hicks outside his home on July 2016.

According to court papers, the shooting occurred after Scannell-McCrae had stayed in Hicks’ home for the night.

He confronted Hicks outside his home after he was asked to leave the next morning.

A witness told police he saw Scannell-McRae fire at Hicks multiple times.

Court papers say Scannell-McRae remained at the scene waiting for deputies to arrive.

Scannell-McRae’s sentencing is scheduled for December.

Information from: The Daily Herald, http://www.heraldnet.com

Author photo
The AP is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering. AP is neither privately owned nor government-funded; instead, as a not-for-profit news cooperative owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members, it can maintain its single-minded focus on newsgathering and its commitment to the highest standards of objective, accurate journalism.