Southborough man pleads guilty to manslaughterAP , Associated Press
May. 30, 2013 12:35 PM ET
BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) — A Southborough man charged with killing his uncle inside a Cape Cod vacation home in a family dispute pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and avoided a murder trial.
Christopher Manoloules, 21, was scheduled for a status review in Barnstable Superior Court on Wednesday, but instead entered a guilty plea to manslaughter and other charges in the October 2009 shooting death of Aris Manoloules, 47, in his Hyannis home.
He was sentenced to 12 to 15 years in prison, with credit for the nearly four years he has already served while awaiting trial, The Cape Cod Times (http://bit.ly/16s6sWv ) reported.
He was the third person to go on trial in the case, and had testified at the previous two.
Aris Manoloules' brother-in-law, Robert Upton, was convicted of murder in January. Upton was offered $165,000 to kill the victim by other members of the family, prosecutors said.
Authorities said Aris Manoloules was killed during a botched robbery involving his brother-in-law and nephew. There was also bad blood in the family over a multimillion dollar inheritance, authorities alleged.
The victim's older brother, Treefon Manoloules, who had been charged with masterminding the killing, was acquitted in October 2011 of murder, attempting to commit a crime and conspiracy to commit a crime.
Prosecutor Brian Glenny said Christopher Manoloules did not receive a deal in exchange for his testimony in his relatives' trials.
A lawyer for Christopher Manoloules asked that his client be sent to a county jail rather than a state prison for his own safety. The judge said that would be up to prisons officials.
Information from: Cape Cod (Mass.) Times, http://www.capecodonline.com