- Associated Press - Friday, November 18, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - One of six New Mexico teens charged with killing a 60-year-old man in his driveway has taken a plea deal.

The 17-year-old boy pleaded guilty to 10 criminal counts, including aggravated burglary with a deadly weapon. A hearing in February will determine whether he will be sentenced as a juvenile.

An adult sentence could carry up to 31 ½ years in prison.

Prosecutors dropped a murder charge, among others, in exchange for the plea.

The boy was 16 when police say he and five other teenagers were breaking into cars and homes around Albuquerque. Police say popular bartender Steven Gerecke confronted the group in July 2015 and one of the teens shot and killed him.

Police say the gunman will go to trial in January. The others have taken plea deals.

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