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2 plead guilty to 20102 Springfield slaying

October 2, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Two Springfield men have pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter for their roles in a fatal shooting in 2010.

The Republican (http://bit.ly/1sOvLgy ) reports that Dennys Tarraza and Joshua Oquendo, both 29, were sentenced Wednesday in Hampden Superior Court to up to 20 years in prison for the slaying of 34-year-old Ramon Leonardo-Cruz.

Prosecutors say they were two of four men involved in the December 2010 home invasion and shooting.

Authorities say three men burst into the victim’s apartment yelling “Police!” They thought a drug dealer lived in the home and were looking for drugs and cash. A fourth suspect acted as a getaway driver.

Neither Tarraza nor Oquendo pulled the trigger.

The shooter, who was 16 at the time, has previously pleaded guilty to manslaughter. The getaway driver awaits trial.


Information from: The Springfield (Mass.) Republican, http://www.masslive.com/news/

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