HAGERSTOWN - A New York City man faces up to 50 years in prison after he pleaded guilty Monday morning to second-degree murder in the May 2007 shooting death of Christopher Jason Ayala at a local bar.
Stephen Lamar Urquhart, 27, was charged with first-degree murder in Ayala's death. A warrant was issued for Urquhart's arrest, and he was captured in August in New York City.
Ayala, 23, of Greencastle, Pa., was found on the floor of Zipper's bar on North Jonathan Street suffering from a gunshot wound around 11 p.m. on May 22. He was taken to Washington County Hospital, where he died.
Police have said Ayala and Urquhart were acquaintances before the shooting.
On the night of the shooting, Ayala walked up to another man in the bar and punched him, Assistant State's Attorney Viki Pauler said Monday in court.