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Crime 2 teens plead guilty to fatally beating homeless man

20:20  07 september  2018
20:20  07 september  2018 Source:   msn.com

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A teen who fatally beat a homeless man pleaded guilty Thursday as part of a sweetheart deal that will land him in jail for just nine months. PHILADELPHIA — Two teens have pleaded guilty to fatally beating a homeless man in Philadelphia, and both apologized to the man 's family in court.

A teen who fatally beat a homeless man pleaded guilty Thursday as part of a sweetheart deal that will land him in jail for just nine months. Branlee Gonzalez, 19, smirked his way through the proceeding in Manhattan Supreme Court then turned to his family in the gallery flashing a broad smile and gave

FILE - This December 2017 file photo provided by the Philadelphia Police Department shows Brandon Conrad. On Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018 Conrad and another teen pleaded guilty to the 2017 fatal beating of a 57-year-old homeless man in Philadelphia, and both apologized to the man's family in court. (Philadelphia Police Department via AP, File) © The Associated Press FILE - This December 2017 file photo provided by the Philadelphia Police Department shows Brandon Conrad. On Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018 Conrad and another teen pleaded guilty to the 2017 fatal beating of a 57-year-old homeless man in Philadelphia, and both apologized to the man's family in court. (Philadelphia Police Department via AP, File)

PHILADELPHIA — Two teens have pleaded guilty to fatally beating a homeless man in Philadelphia, and both apologized to the man's family in court.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports 15-year-old Brandon Conrad and 17-year-old Malik Page admitted in consecutive hearings Thursday to participating in the deadly assault on 57-year-old Kevin Cullen.

Conrad pleaded guilty to third-degree murder, robbery and conspiracy and was sentenced to four years at a juvenile facility.

Prosecutors say Conrad's age influenced the sentencing recommendation, and that he threw the first punch but didn't continue assaulting Cullen in 2017.

Page pleaded guilty to the same charges and received a sentence of 12½ to 25 years for stomping and kicking Cullen in the head and face.

He broke down in tears after apologizing to Cullen's relatives.

A third co-defendant, 18-year old Emmanuel Harris, awaits trial.

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