- Associated Press - Friday, January 20, 2017

SALEM, Mass. (AP) - Two Haverhill residents who had faced murder charges in connection with a deadly home invasion in the city in 2012 have pleaded guilty to lesser charges.

The Essex district attorney says that 25-year-old Angela Walsh and 24-year-old Joshua Cloutman pleaded guilty Thursday to armed robbery and breaking and entering.

Walsh was sentenced to seven to nine years behind bars while Cloutman got five to six years.

The state dismissed two counts of murder and one count of home invasion.

Prosecutors say the defendants lived in the apartment above victim William Melchionda, who was fatally shot when two men burst into his home in July 2012 looking for drugs.

Police found that Walsh and Cloutman had texted the man who killed Melchionda about stealing marijuana from his apartment.

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