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Delbert Belton murder suspect admits guilt; Prosecutors recommend 16 years

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Demetrius Glenn appears in court Monday morning to take a plea deal. Demetrius Glenn appears in court Monday morning to take a plea deal.
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SPOKANE, Wash. - Demetrius Glenn, the second teenager accused of killing 88-year-old WWII veteran Delbert "Shorty" Belton, made a last minute plea deal Monday morning just prior to his trial beginning. 

Jury selection in Glenn's trial was expected to begin Monday morning, but instead a plea deal was announced. According to KHQ's Dylan Wohlenhaus, the plea agreement is similar to the one Kenan Adams-Kinard received earlier this year, where Glenn would plead guilty to murder, and the other charges would be dropped. 

In court on Monday, Glenn admitted guilt in the murder of Belton. Earlier this year, the second suspect, Kenan Adams-Kinard also changed his plea to guilty. Kinard will spend at least 20 years in prison as a result, and we are told Glenn's agreement is similar.

In exchange for pleading guilty, prosecutors are dropping the other charges and recommending a sentence of 16 years, plus time already served. 

Glenn' sentencing is based on the 2012 Supreme Court ruling of Miller v. Alabama, which ruled it unconstitutional to sentence juveniles to mandatory life sentences without the possibility of parole. His sentencing is scheduled for March 19, 2015.

Glenn's family declined to comment following the hearing, however one member said, "our condolences to the Belton family."

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