- Associated Press - Thursday, December 18, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) - A man has pleaded guilty to killing a teenager in Phoenix in order to gain gang acceptance.

Maricopa County prosecutors say 20-year-old Terrell Denton pleaded guilty Thursday to second-degree murder and misconduct involving weapons.

His sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 20.

At the time of his arrest, Denton was already in custody on unrelated aggravated assault charges.

Phoenix police say Dewight Westbrook was walking with friends to a fast-food restaurant on July 9, 2012.

Prosecutor say Denton was armed with a handgun and approached Westbrook from behind near a vacant field and began firing.

Police homicide investigators working on the case were eventually able to identify Denton as the shooter.

They say Denton allegedly wanted to demonstrate his willingness to commit crime in order to become a gang member.

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