Amari Pope, himself not even 16, pleaded guilty to manslaughter today for the death of Deon Hopkins at Columbia Road and Devon Street on Feb. 21 of last year, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
A judge sentenced Pope to 10 to 12 years behind bars, which will include the time he spends in the custody of DYS until he turns 21, according to the DA's office, which had initially charged Pope with second-degree murder.
According to authorities, Hopkins and a third teen were in an argument around 4:30 p.m. that day. Pope didn't like the way it was going and went to his apartment to get a knife, with which he then stabbed Hopkins.
In the moments that followed, Pope stabbed the younger boy and pursued him across the street. Hopkins collapsed in front of a nearby market and surveillance video allegedly shows Pope circling his body still carrying the knife. Pope allegedly left the area and changed his clothing.