TAMPA — A judge sentenced Jimmy Lee Cruz to 12 years in prison on Friday for the death of Walter "J.J." Revear, a frequent juvenile offender who dropped out of news reports until, at age 28, he was fatally shot outside a Nebraska Avenue bar in May 2011.
Cruz, 35, took a plea that finds him guilty of manslaughter. His prison sentence will be followed by 10 years of probation.
Authorities say Cruz shot Revear during a fight outside the Interstate Lounge. Cruz was initially charged with second-degree murder.