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Fifth suspect in Pittsburg State student's death pleads


April 28, 2017

PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) — A fifth person charged in the shooting death of a Pittsburg State University student pleaded guilty to first-degree murder.

Darius Rainey agreed to the plea deal Friday in the October 2014 death of 20-year-old Taylor Thomas.

The Joplin Globe reports ( ) District Attorney Michael Gayoso said Rainey will be sentenced to life in prison with no parole for at least 25 years. Sentencing was scheduled for June 19.

Thomas was a 20-year-old junior at the school when he was killed during a planned robbery at his home. Authorities allege the intruders were...

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