- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 20, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A second person has pleaded guilty to his role in the killing of a teenager during a botched drug deal.

The Republican reports that 18-year-old Charles Sierra pleaded guilty Tuesday in Hampden Superior Court to second-degree murder and other charges in the March 2016 shooting of 20-year-old Jeffrey Freitas in Springfield.

Sierra was sentenced him to life in prison, with eligibility for parole after 15 years.

Prosecutors say Sierra and two others participated in a plan to buy marijuana from Freitas, who was shot in the head in his car and left for dead.

Sierra’s lawyer said there was no intent to kill.



A second defendant, 19-year-old Matthew Hastings, previously pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced to seven to 10 years in prison. The third suspect awaits trial.

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Information from: The Springfield (Mass.) Republican, http://www.masslive.com/news/

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