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Man gets 12 years for death of friend killed in robbery

February 22, 2019

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for the death of his friend, who was shot by a security guard during an attempted robbery.

The Ledger reports 21-year-old Christopher Rose was sentenced this week after pleading no contest to second-degree murder as part of a deal with prosecutors.

Authorities say Rose, then 18, and two other teens attempted to rob the guard in a Lakeland apartment laundry room in March 2016. The guard shot 15-year-old Stephen Brenor, who later died.

Rose and the other teen were charged under Florida’s felony murder law. It holds defendants legally responsible when someone dies during the commission of a violent crime, even if the person who dies is involved in the crime.

The other teen’s trial is set for April.

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Information from: The Ledger (Lakeland, Fla.), http://www.theledger.com