- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 4, 2014

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) - A Waukegan man, saying “it’s the right thing to do,” pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the 2010 death of a Park City taxi driver.

The Waukegan News-Sun reports (https://bit.ly/1brH1ox) 42-year-old Darryell Garner on Tuesday entered the plea in Lake County Circuit in the death of 44-year-old Patrick Foster.

Defense attorney Keith Grant says the open guilty plea means Lake County Circuit Judge James Booras won’t have a choice but give Garner a 45-year prison sentence during a March 25 hearing.

Grant says Garner accepted responsibility when he confessed to Zion police, and feels “he needed to do the right thing.”

Prosecutors say Foster died after being shot five times while fighting off Garner. Foster managed to pin the alleged robber to the seat of the cab until police arrived.

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