- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 6, 2015

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) - Cook County prosecutors have dismissed charges against a man accused of participating in the 2011 murder of an Arlington Heights man.

Azari Braden was accused of driving two co-defendants to the home of 55-year-old George Nellessen. The widowed father was beaten to death by his son, Matthew Nellessen, who prosecutors say recruited men to rob his father. The 23-year-old was sentenced last year to life in prison without possibility of parole.

Prosecutors say Braden never entered the residence, instead dropping off two others near the Nellessen home.

Armon Braden pleaded guilty to armed robbery in November as part of a negotiated plea. The 24-year-old is expected to be sentenced Jan. 30 to 22 years in prison.

Twenty-four-year-old Marlon Green also pleaded guilty to armed robbery and was sentenced in November to 22 years in prison.

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