- Associated Press - Friday, March 18, 2016

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - A Fayetteville man has pleaded guilty to reduced charges in the stabbing death of another Fayetteville man more than 18 months ago.

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1pQFTph ) that 35-year-old Erick Picker-Ramirez pleaded guilty Thursday to being an accomplice to both first-degree murder and aggravated robbery. Picker-Ramirez was initially charged as an accomplice to capital murder in the September 2014 death of 33-year-old Gustavo Ortiz.

Picker-Ramirez was sentenced to 28 years in prison.

Authorities say Ortiz was stabbed after meeting with Picker-Ramirez and two other men at a Fayetteville motel for a drug deal.

One co-defendant has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and aggravated robbery in the case while the second has pleaded not guilty to accomplice to capital murder and other charges.


Information from: Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.nwaonline.com



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