Cortez teenager pleads guilty to killing woman

CORTEZ, Colo. (AP) - A Cortez teenager charged in a shooting that left one woman dead and another teen injured has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

The Cortez Journal reports19-year-old Jeroen Begay struck a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty Friday in the September death of 21-year-old Natalie Hatch. Prosecutors dropped two additional counts of attempted first-degree murder and agreed to recommend a 30-year-prison sentence.

Investigators say Begay killed Hatch and injured 18-year-old Quincy Yellow, both of Towaoc, after a fight that happened about half an hour earlier.

Begay is being held at the Montezuma County jail and is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 2.

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