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Man Pleads Guilty To Third-degree Murder

March 26, 2019 GMT

One of the two men accused of killing a man and wounding a woman in a 2018 drug robbery pleaded guilty on Monday morning to third-degree murder and aggravated assault.

Robert Rodriguez, 23, of Plymouth, was supposed to stand trial starting Monday but instead reached a plea deal with prosecutors.

Prosecutors said Rodriguez and codefendant Isaiah “Glizzy” Jennings entered a home at 77 Hutson St. on Feb. 7, 2018 and opened fire, fatally shooting Trevor Oliver, 41, in the head multiple times. Oliver’s girlfriend, Ingrid Vanessa Batista, was shot in the head, breast and wrist but survived, prosecutors said.

According to prosecutors, Oliver used to work with Rodriguez at a Wilkes-Barre food distributor. Rodriguez plotted to rob Oliver of his drugs and cash, and Batista identified Rodriguez as the shooter, prosecutors said.

Rodriguez also pleaded guilty to aggravated assault for a Feb. 2, 2018 shooting for opening fire on Lamont Garcia outside the Sharp Cuts 2 barbershop at 133 Parrish St. after accusing Garcia of messing up a tattoo he put on Rodriguez.

Luzerne County Judge Joseph Sklarosky Jr. scheduled sentencing for June 3 at 10 a.m.

Jennings’ trial is slated to start April 29.

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