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Teen Convicted of Murder Seeks Help From Hitman

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DETROIT, Mich. - A Detroit teenager who confessed to four murders is trying to undo his guilty plea, and he's hoping to get help from an unlikely source: a convicted hit man.

Davontae Sanford is serving a minimum prison sentence of 38 years. But another man named Vincent Smothers has told police he committed the fatal shootings in Detroit in 2007. Smothers made his statements in 2008 after he was arrested in a string of unsolved slayings. He recently pleaded guilty to eight killings and will be sentenced later this month.

The 17-year-old Sanford was just 14 when he told police he killed four people in a drug den. His lawyer says it was a lie to please detectives. A judge is holding a series of hearings to determine whether the boy can withdraw his guilty plea and get a new trial.

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