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Coram man pleads guilty in screwdriver slaying

Darrell Scott, 26, has been charged with second-degree

Darrell Scott, 26, has been charged with second-degree murder in the stabbing death of Chauncey Scott, 32, Suffolk County police said. (Aug. 10, 2011) Credit: SCPD

A Coram man admitted in court Tuesday that he killed another man by stabbing him in the chest several times with a screwdriver.

Darrell Scott, 26, pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in the death of Chauncey Scott, 32, also of Coram. They are not related.

In return for the plea, Suffolk County Court Judge Stephen Braslow promised to sentence Darrell Scott to between 17 and 22 years in prison. As some of the victim's relatives dabbed tears from their cheeks, Braslow said he most likely would lean toward the lower end of the range when he imposes sentence March 7.

In response to questions by Assistant District Attorney Raphael Pearl, Darrell Scott said he fought with Chauncey Scott at about 6 p.m. Aug. 27 in a small park at the corner of Baldwin Lane and Pinegrove Avenue in Medford.

Outside court, Pearl said the bad feelings between the two men began the previous July 4, when Darrell Scott smacked his girlfriend around, and she jumped into Chauncey Scott's car. Defense attorney Dana Grossblatt declined to comment.

Finally, the two men agreed to meet at the park. Chauncey Scott, who Pearl said was about 120 pounds lighter than Darrell Scott, swung at the bigger man with a baseball bat. Pearl said witnesses say Darrell Scott went to his car to get the screwdriver.

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