Man sentenced to 15 years in prison for 2017 Kissimmee murder

A man arrested by the Kissimmee Police Department for murder in 2017 was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Thursday.

James Crawford, 31, pleaded no contest and was adjudicated guilty to the manslaughter charge he faced in the death of 30-year-old Chase Toops.

Crawford was sentenced to 15 years in prison, according to police department press release.  

Crawford was arrested in 2017 and charged with murder and five counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

The arrest is in connection to the shooting death of Toops.

On March 12, 2017, police were called to 2131 RJ Circle in response to a call that someone was shot inside the home.

Continued investigative efforts led detectives to link Toops death directly to Crawford.