Man seeks to withdraw manslaughter plea in teen’s death

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man is seeking to withdraw his guilty plea to manslaughter in the stabbing death of his 16-year-old ex-girlfriend. NJ.com reports that defense attorney Adam Weisberg said 21-year-old Bryan Cordero-Castro filed the motion in Monmouth County Superior Court earlier this month. He declined to discuss his client’s reasoning. The Long Branch resident pleaded guilty two months ago to first-degree aggravated manslaughter in the September 2018 death of Madison Wells. Prosecutors said they had agreed to recommend a 30-year manslaughter sentence and a five-year consecutive term on an attempted escape charge.