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Man says no contest in crimes linked to Topeka girl's death


TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Topeka man has pleaded no contest to crimes linked to the drive-by shooting death of a 5-year-old girl.

Twenty-two-year-old Jessie Dean Deshawn Hughes pleaded Thursday in the July 2015 death of Lily Coats-Nichols. Shawnee County District Attorney Mike Kagay said Hughes pleaded to involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and criminal discharge of a firearm at an occupied vehicle.

Hughes was originally charged with first-degree murder.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the plea deal requires Hughes to spend 25 years in prison.

Kagay said the g...

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