WARREN, Ohio - The second suspect in a Warren murder pleads guilty just days before he was scheduled to go on trial.
Derrick Peete of Warren was to go on trial next week on six charges, including aggravated murder, for the November, 2012 shooting death of 32-year-old Marco Dukes outside an Elm Court home.
In Trumbull County court on Thursday, Peete pleaded guilty to the less serious crime of murder, as well as attempted murder, tampering with evidence and weapons violations.
Peete was immediately sentenced to fifteen years to life in prison. While he apologized for his actions in court Thursday, Duke's family says they're not happy with his words, saying they're not enough.
"It don't mean nothing, that's not bringing my brother back," Shira Dukes says, Marco Dukes' sister. "He's not coming back ever, all we have left is memories."
But the prosecutor's office is pleased with the plea deal that was reached.
"The difficulty with this case from an evidentiary stand point is due to the nature of the evidence, it may have been difficult to put that gun in Mr. Peete's hands, so we're satisfied with the result," Gabriel Wildman says, assistant Trumbull County prosecutor.
Dale Hatch, 25, of Detroit will be sentenced in April for his part in the shooting death.
Earlier this month, Hatch pleaded guilty to five charges, including involuntary manslaughter and attempted murder.