Man Sentenced in Jasper Howard Stabbing

22-year-old gets 18 years in death of Miami native and UConn football player

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    EAST HARTFORD, CT - SEPTEMBER 12: Jasper Howard #6 of the Connecticut Huskies carries the ball as Johnny White #34 of the North Carolinia Tar Heels tries to make the tackle on September 12, 2009 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

    The killer of University of Connecticut football player and Miami native Jasper Howard will be spending the next 18 years behind bars.

    John Lomax III, 22, was sentenced Friday in Connecticut in the death of Howard , who died during an on-campus fight in Oct. 2009.

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    Friends and former teammates of Jasper Howard pay their respects at his Miami funeral. (Published Monday, Oct 26, 2009)

    After initially being charged with murder, Lomax had pleaded no contest to first-degree manslaughter charges in January.

    Authorities say Lomax stabbed the 20-year-old defensive back in the abdomen during a fight between a group of football players and a group that included Lomax. Investigators believe the fight started over a comment a player made about a woman.

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    Connecticut police arrest three University of Connecticut students in connection with the stabbing death of Miami-native and football star Jasper Howard. (Published Tuesday, Oct 27, 2009)

    Howard, whose nickname was Jazz, died at a hospital from a single wound to his abdomen, just hours after helping the Huskies to a homecoming game win over Louisville.

    Howard grew up in Miami's Little Haiti neighborhood, and was a star at Edison High.