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Man Will Spend 15 Years in Prison for Murder of VSU Student

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Brian Williams, 20, will spend 15 years in prison for the murder of VSU student Eric Wilkins, Jr. last November. Brian Williams, 20, will spend 15 years in prison for the murder of VSU student Eric Wilkins, Jr. last November.
PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) -

After pleading guilty to first degree murder, a 19-year-old man will serve 15 years in prison for the shooting death of a Virginia State University Student last November.

Brian Williams pleaded guilty to the charge of first degree murder and was sentenced to 43 years in prison on Thursday. 28 years were suspended, and three years were added to the sentence for a firearm charge; consequently, Williams will serve 15 years.

Virginia State University student Eric Wilkins, Jr. Was shot to death of the University Apartments at Ettrick near campus around 11:30 p.m. On November 21, 2013.

Wilkins was a native of central Virginia; he grew up in Hopewell and was well known and respected on VSU's campus. He was a mass communications major and had many friends on campus...one of them, James barber spoke out to 8News shortly after the crime.

"Definitely a friend that I lost, like a brother and to know he's not here anymore, it does hurt."

Stay with 8News for updates on this story.

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