- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 27, 2014

WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) - Three men pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and robbery of a western Pennsylvania college student who died during a mugging.

The pleas by 25-year-old Eric Wells, of Pittsburgh; 23-year-old Troy Simmons, of East Pittsburgh; and 24-year-old Adam Hankins of Washington, Pennsylvania, came Tuesday as attorneys were set to pick a jury in the death of 21-year-old Timothy McNerney.

Police say McNerney, a Washington & Jefferson College student and football player, was walking from a bar back to campus in October 2012 when he and a friend were attacked. Authorities say McNerney died after he was pushed backward by Wells, hitting his head on the ground.

The men will remain jailed until they’re sentenced Aug. 25. The third-degree murder charge, alone, carries a maximum prison sentence of 20 to 40 years.

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