Iowa man ends murder trial with guilty plea

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.

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Information from: KCRG-TV, http://www.kcrg.com

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