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Man guilty of shooting Auburn University Football Player sentenced Friday

AUBURN, Ala (WRBL) - The man who pled guilty to shooting and killing an Auburn University Football Player back in 2014 was sentenced inside a Lee County Courtroom Friday. 

District Attorney Brandon Hughes tells News 3 he consulted with the family of the victim - Jakell Mitchell - before offering Markale Hart a chance to plead to a manslaughter charge. 

Hart admitted to recklessly causing the death of Mitchell and was sentenced to a 10-year split, with three years probation. 

Hughes says hart is getting credit for time already served in prison. 

If Hart violates his probation - he will go to prison to serve out the remainder of the sentence. 

Hart went on trial for Mitchell's Murder back in December. 

A mistrial was declared when jurors could not reach a verdict. Jakell Mitchell was a recent graduate of Opelika High School and a redshirt tight end freshman at Auburn University when he was shot and killed. 

According to investigators, a deadly fight broke out between Mitchell another man and Markale Hart back on December 14th, 2014 at the Tiger Lodge Apartment Complex in Auburn. 


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