CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A 19-year-old Cedar Rapids man has cut his first-degree murder trial short by pleading guilty to attempted murder.
Cedar Rapids television station KCRG reports (http://bit.ly/14RQHIa) that attorneys were preparing to make closing arguments Friday when Justin Ross entered the guilty plea.
Ross now faces 25 years in prison and will have to serve a mandatory 17 1/2 years before being eligible for parole. He had faced life in prison if he had been convicted of first-degree murder.
Ross and his cousin, Donovan Ross of Hiawatha, were charged in the death of 30-year-old Andre Herron, who was shot on a city street in November 2011.
Donovan Ross’ trial is set for Oct. 7.
Information from: KCRG-TV, http://www.kcrg.com