South Jersey man asks for forgiveness, accepts punishment for killing friend

Inquirer staff report:

A legally blind man asked for forgiveness yesterday when he was sentenced to seven years in prison for stomping a friend to death during a drunken fight in a Burlington County motel on March 1, a newspaper reports today.

The Burlington County Times says Willie M. Lincoln, 47, who had been charged with murder in the death of Thomas Albertson, pleaded guilty to reckless manslaughter in July.

While asking for forgiveness from his victim’s family, Lincoln said in court yesterday he also accepted his punishment, the paper said. He must serve six years before becoming eligible for parole.

The men lived at the Pine Motel on Route 130, in Manfield Township and had been drinking together before the fatal argument.

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