February 19, 2009

Teddy Afro’s jail sentence lessened

Ethiopian singer Teddy Afro has had his prison sentence for manslaughter reduced on appeal from six years to two years, the BBC reported Thursday.

Afro was convicted after a car that belonged to him struck and killed a young homeless man in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's capital. Although he was convicted of failing to stop and offer assistance to the victim, Afro has always insisted he was not the one driving the vehicle at the time of the fatal collision.

The appeal judge upheld the guilty verdict in the case, but lowered the sentence, noting the victim had been seen lying drunk in the road prior to the incident and police had failed to get him to safety.

The BBC said the performer has already spent almost a year in prison and, with an allowance for good behavior, should be released in less than a year.