Phoenix man pleads guilty in deadly robbery case

Phoenix man pleads guilty in deadly robbery case

Phoenix man pleads guilty in deadly robbery case

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by The Associated Press

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Posted on February 19, 2014 at 4:02 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 21 at 2:14 PM

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PHOENIX (AP) -- A Phoenix man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder after a burglary attempt resulted in the shooting death of his getaway driver.
 
Maricopa County prosecutors say 29-year-old Adrian De La Cruz entered his plea Wednesday. His sentencing is scheduled for April 18.
 
Authorities say De La Cruz was shot and wounded outside a northwest Phoenix nightclub last March 30.
 
An off-duty Phoenix police officer working security at the club reported seeing several suspects trying to steal a small refrigerator from his pickup truck.
 
It led to a shootout involving the suspects, the officer and a nightclub employee.
 
De La Cruz needed weeks of hospitalization to recover from his wounds before he was arrested.
 
Court records show he originally faced a charge of first-degree murder during the commission of a crime.

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