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Phoenix strip club bouncer pleads guilty in fatal 2017 fight

February 27, 2018

PHOENIX (AP) — One of two Phoenix strip club employees accused in the death of an off-duty Daisy Mountain firefighter last year has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

Maricopa County Superior Court officials say Brandon Douglas Draper had a change of plea hearing Monday.

He’s scheduled to be sentenced on May 4.

The 27-year-old Draper was a bouncer at the Centerfolds Cabaret at the time of the January 2017 incident.

Phoenix police say surveillance video of the altercation outside the strip club showed Draper pushing 37-year-old Luke Jones to the ground and striking him numerous times on the head and the club’s manager disconnecting the video.

Draper had pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder.

Daisy Mountain Fire Department officials say Jones was a 12-year veteran and left behind a wife and daughter.

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