- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) - A 31-year-old New York man has admitted he had sex with an 11-year-old girl and fathered her child.

Newsday reports (https://nwsdy.li/1JnG16M ) Jeffry Rosales pleaded guilty to first-degree rape Wednesday. A judge is expected to sentence Rosales to 17 years in prison as part of a plea agreement.

On Tuesday, prosecutors dropped a separate murder charge against Rosales. He was charged in June 2013 with the shotgun killing of another Long Island man. The charge was dropped after federal authorities arrested someone else who took responsibility for the crime.

Defense attorney Robert Macedonio says his client is “relieved” the murder charge has been dropped and is “glad to see the truth come out.” He says Rosales is satisfied with the plea in the rape case.

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