Missouri man pleads guilty to participating in theft death

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ A Jefferson City man has pleaded guilty to participating in a home theft in which a man was killed.

The Jefferson City News-Tribune reports that 25-year-old Robert Burks pleaded guilty Tuesday to first-degree burglary. He was one of three people who were charged in the February 2015 death of 52-year-old Johnny Evans.

As part of a plea deal, charges of second-degree murder and attempted robbery were dismissed. Burks will serve five years in prison as part of the deal.

It involved him testifying last month in the trial of 19-year-old Charles Thompson, of St. Louis. Thompson was convicted of first-degree burglary and acquitted of charges of second-degree murder, first-degree attempted robbery and armed criminal action. Thompson’s sentencing is scheduled for next month.

Charges are pending against the third suspect.
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Information from: Jefferson City News Tribune

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