Man pleads guilty in murder case

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- A man pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and misconduct involving weapons in the shooting death of another man.

Terrell Denton was 20 years old when he was charged with murder for shooting Dweight Westbrook in 2012.

Westbrook and a group of friends were walking to a McDonalds in the area of 6800 South 51st Avenue when Denton reportedly ran through a field, approached Westbrook from behind, and then shot him multiple times.

According to police, Denton was attempting to join a gang and wanted to demonstrate his willingness to commit a crime.

Authorities said they believe Denton killed Westbrook because he lived in another neighborhood.

Denton's sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 20.

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Man pleads guilty in fatal 2012 Phoenix shooting

PHOENIX (AP) -- A man has pleaded guilty to killing a teenager in Phoenix in order to gain gang acceptance.

Maricopa County prosecutors say 20-year-old Terrell Denton pleaded guilty Thursday to second-degree murder and misconduct involving weapons.

His sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 20.

At the time of his arrest, Denton was already in custody on unrelated aggravated assault charges.

Phoenix police say Dewight Westbrook was walking with friends to a fast-food restaurant on July 9, 2012.

Prosecutor say Denton was armed with a handgun and approached Westbrook from behind near a vacant field and began firing.

Police homicide investigators working on the case were eventually able to identify Denton as the shooter.

They say Denton allegedly wanted to demonstrate his willingness to commit crime in order to become a gang member.

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