By Associated Press - Tuesday, May 3, 2016

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) - Two Joplin men who were robbing a home when a guest there fatally shot an accomplice have pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

The Joplin Globe (https://bit.ly/21tc9fc ) reports that 21-year-old Dakota Bate and 20-year-old Dakota Pliler also pleaded guilty Monday in Jasper County to two counts of first-degree burglary. Prosecutors said the men bound an occupant in another home before breaking into the home where 32-year-old Michael Dean was killed in March 2015.

A judge accepted Bate’s plea and ordered him to serve 15 years after he finishes serving time for prior tampering, burglary and theft convictions. Another judge is waiting to act on Pliler’s plea agreement until a sentencing evaluation is completed. Under the plea, the sentence would be capped at 15 years.

Charges against a third defendant are pending.

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Information from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe, https://www.joplinglobe.com

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