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Guilty plea in fatal fracas at Jimmy Buffett concert

Matthiew Shields, seen here at an arraignment on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012 in Camden, has been found guilty of manslaughter for the death of a man he punched in the head at a Jimmy Buffett concert. <br /><br />
Matthiew Shields, seen here at an arraignment on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012 in Camden, has been found guilty of manslaughter for the death of a man he punched in the head at a Jimmy Buffett concert. Inquirer staff photo

CAMDEN A Westville man who punched a tailgater at a Jimmy Buffett concert pleaded guilty Monday to manslaughter in the victim's death.

Matthew Shields, 23, was charged in the incident, which happened Aug. 28, 2012, outside the Susquehanna Center in Camden. Police said Shields punched Ryan Cole, 20, Bellmawr, in the head, and the force caused Cole's head to strike the pavement of a parking lot where he was tailgating with friends. Cole died three days later.

Shields faces up to four years in prison. He is to be sentenced May 16.

- Michael Boren

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