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Update: Superior Man Pleads Guilty to September Homicide, Jury Trial Canceled

June 09, 2015 09:29 PM

A Superior 18-year-old has pleaded guilty to a felony murder charge in a 2014 homicide, averting a trial that was set to begin today.

Chance Andrews is accused of shooting the gun that killed 20-year-old Garth Velin in an alleged robbery-gone-wrong in September. Four other young adults are also facing charges in this crime, including: Kane Robinson, Dallas Robinson, Teah Phillips and Kyham Dunn.

Jury selection in Andrews' trial was scheduled to begin this morning, but District Attorney Dan Blank said Andrews agreed to a plea agreement after a "late-breaking court battle" that included talks with the victim's family. Blank and Defense Attorney Ken Kratz said there were other plea bargains that were not agreed upon earlier in the day.

Andrews pleaded guilty to a felony murder charge.  The plea agreement comes with a maximum of 35 years in prison. The state agreed to recommend 17 1/2 years.

Kratz said Andrews could be facing less than that if he provides certain evidence from the night of the crime. Kratz would not comment on what that evidence is.

Andrews' sentencing is set for September 17. There are three other criminal cases active against Andrews, including two alleging battery by prisoner. This plea agreement packages all the cases into one, according to Kratz. 

Kane Robinson's trial is set to start next. He is charged with being a party to the crime of felony murder, which carries a maximum prison sentence of 35 years. A jury is set to decide if they'll convict him on June 23. 


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