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Fourth Suspect Pleads Guilty In Death Of D.C. Principal

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — The fourth and final suspect in the slaying of a D.C. middle school principal has pleaded guilty to two charges related to the killing.

Deontra Gray, 19, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Montgomery County Circuit Court to robbery and use of a deadly weapon in a crime of violence. Prosecutors say guidelines call for him to spend 16 to 27 years in prison, but Gray’s attorney says they call for six to 27 years.

Shaw Middle School principal Brian Betts was killed in April. Prosecutors say Betts met his killer, Alante Saunders, 19, through a sex chat line and agreed to leave the door to his Silver Spring home open. All four teens involved allegedly went to his home intending to rob him.

Gray’s sentencing is set for April 1.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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