Ex-Harvard student pleads guilty in dorm shooting

By DENISE LAVOIE | September 30, 2011 | 11:20 AM EDT

WOBURN, Mass. (AP) — A former Harvard University student has pleaded guilty in connection with the 2009 fatal shooting of a Boston-area drug dealer inside a dormitory.

In pleading guilty to accessory after the fact charges Friday, Brittany Smith admitted she hid the gun used in the shooting of Justin Cosby and helped three men involved in the killing elude authorities and flee to New York City.

Prosecutors said 21-year-old Cosby, a Boston-area drug dealer, was shot during an attempted robbery by Smith's former boyfriend, Jabrai (juh-BRY') Jordan Copney, and two other men.

Under a plea agreement, Copney was convicted of murder and is serving a life sentence. The men weren't Harvard students.

After the shooting, the 24-year-old Smith, of New York City, was suspended and not allowed to graduate.