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Man pleads guilty in killing of restaurant manager

Wednesday - 12/12/2012, 10:53am  ET

FREDERICK, Md. - A man has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the shooting of a fast-food restaurant manager.

Jose Reyes Mejia-Varela entered the plea Tuesday in the death of 32-year-old Jacinta "Patty" Ayala of Frederick.

The News-Post of Frederick reports ( that the judge, defense and prosecutors agreed to a sentence of life with the possibility of parole. Sentencing is set for Feb. 26.

Ayala was killed during an apparent robbery on March 18, 2011 as she opened a Burger King restaurant.


Information from: The Frederick (Md.) News-Post,

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