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Man Ends Murder Trial With Guilty Plea

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) -- A 19-year-old Cedar Rapids man has cut his first-degree murder trial short by pleading guilty to attempted murder.
   Attorneys were preparing to make closing arguments Friday when Justin Ross entered the guilty plea.
   Ross now faces 25 years in prison and will have to serve a mandatory 17 1/2 years before being eligible for parole. He had faced life in prison if he had been convicted of first-degree murder.
   Ross and his cousin, Donovan Ross of Hiawatha, were charged in the death of 30-year-old Andre Herron, who was shot on a city street in November 2011.
   Donovan Ross' trial is set for Oct. 7.


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