Bouncer guilty of lesser charge in strip club killing

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BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) – A former East St. Louis strip club bouncer charged with killing a customer with his pickup truck has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.

Reginald Allen of Dupo pleaded guilty Monday to mob action in Anthony Rice’s 2009 death. He faces up to six years in prison. He’s scheduled to be sentenced in January.

Allen was initially charged with reckless homicide.

Authorities say Allen, who is white, taunted Rice, a 23-year-old black man, and his brother with racial comments and threw a brick through their friend’s car window in the parking lot of the now-shuttered City Nights bar.

Charges against Allen in an alleged 2012 attack of a dancer and two others at another topless club owned by his mother were dropped as part of the plea deal.