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Posted at 08:41 AM ET, 12/12/2012

Guilty plea in Md. woman Jacinta Ayala’s killing

FREDERICK, Md. — A man has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the shooting of a fast-food restaurant manager.

Jose Reyes Mejia-Varela entered the plea Tuesday in the death of 32-year-old Jacinta “Patty” Ayala of Frederick.

The News-Post of Frederick reports that the judge, defense and prosecutors agreed to a sentence of life with the possibility of parole. Sentencing is set for Feb. 26.

Ayala was killed during an apparent robbery on March 18, 2011 as she opened a Burger King restaurant

By the Associated Press  |  08:41 AM ET, 12/12/2012

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