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Kansas man pleads in Pittsburg State student slaying

Associated Press - November 19, 2016 7:14 pm

A Kansas jury has cleared a man of attempted-murder charges linked to a shooting nearly a year ago.

A 21-year-old man has pleaded no contest to a murder charge in the 2014 death of a Pittsburg State student.

The Pittsburg Morning Sun reports (http://j.mp/2g8ZcH3) that Bryan Bridges pleaded no contest Friday in Crawford County court to first-degree felony murder in the October 2014 death of Pittsburg State University student Taylor Thomas.

The plea agreement dismisses other charges, including conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery, conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary and aggravated kidnapping.

Taylor was shot and killed when intruders burst into his home looking to rob his roommate.

After Taylor’s death, Bridges was captured in Mexico and later brought back to Kansas.

Sentencing is scheduled for January 9, 2017.

Information from: The (Pittsburg, Kan.) Morning Sun, http://www.morningsun.net.

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