Teen pleads guilty to role in 2 random killings, faces life
Jul. 17, 2017
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — A Virginia teen has pleaded guilty to his role in the random slayings of two people last year.
Media outlets report that 18-year-old Nicholas Cates pleaded guilty Monday to first-degree murder and as an accomplice to another killing.
Virginia Beach police said both victims were randomly chosen. Cates, who was 17 at the time, faces a life sentence plus eight years in prison at his October sentencing.
Police say the first killing occurred Dec. 2 when Cates and his 17-year-old friend Angelo Worlds approached 34-year-old Zacarias Aguilar-Ayala. Police say Cates drove while Worlds shot Aguilar-Ayala.
Two days later Cates fatally shot 60-year-old Christine Bender outside her home. Police say Cates was accompanied by then-19-year-old Maurice Boney Jr., who is charged with conspiracy to commit murder. The Virginian-Pilot reported that two had set out that night to go "take a life," according to a stipulation of facts entered into evidence.
Boney is scheduled for trial July 24. His attorney, Janee Joslin, did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.
Worlds' trial is set for Aug. 28. His attorney, John Coggeshall, said he's still reviewing the case and declined to comment further.