Man pleads guilty to lesser charges in roommates' deaths

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A 28-year-old man has pleaded guilty to lesser charges in connection to the deaths of two people in 2010, according to the solicitor's office.

Prosecutors say Rick Morrocco Williams pleaded guilty to two counts of voluntary manslaughter, and was given 20 years in prison in connection to the deaths of his two roommates.

According to the solicitor's office, on Thursday, a jury was to hear closing arguments in Williams' case when he decided to plead guilty to the two charges.

The solicitor's office says it was Williams third murder trial following two mistrials.

Williams was charged in the 2010 New Year's Eve murders of 44-year-old Angela Ferguson and 58-year-old Nathaniel Lonnie who were discovered by a neighbor at a house on Durant Avenue.

Williams claimed he shot them to death, after they attacked him with a sword and box cutter.

The coroner said Ferguson and Lonnie were each shot once in the head.

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