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Teen Pleads Guilty to Beating Death

August 14, 2001 GMT

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) _ A teen-ager accused of luring an acquaintance to a home where he was beaten to death with a bat pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on Monday.

Vincent Norcia, 14, was one of three teen-agers charged in the June 25 slaying of 16-year-old Frank Wesley McCool.

Norcia, who agreed to testify against the other teens _ Dominic Culpepper, 14, and Frank Tritschler, 15 _ was the only one charged as a juvenile.

Norcia faces a maximum sentence of seven years in a rehabilitative juvenile detention facility. He will be sentenced Aug. 27, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported.

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Prosecutors say Tritschler and Norcia lured McCool to Culpepper’s home. Investigators say Culpepper believed McCool broke into the apartment a week earlier and stole a half-pound of marijuana and several hundred dollars.

Culpepper beat McCool to death with a baseball bat and then dumped his body in nearby woods, police said. Culpepper and Tritschler are being charged as adults for the second-degree murder. They face possible life sentences.