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Two suspects plead guilty in drug-deal death in Columbia

March 3, 2020 GMT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Three of seven suspects in a Columbia murder that occurred during a drug deal have now pleaded guilty.

Elijah Lenue Fiore, 30, of St. Louis, and Anthony William Neill, 28, of Columbia, pleaded guilty Monday to first-degree involuntary manslaughter in the August 2018 death of Randall King III. Both were sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Several probable cause statements say the shooting resulted from a methamphetamine deal that went wrong, The Columbia Daily Tribune reported.

The man accused of firing the fatal shots, Richard Leroy Nole Jr., 30, of Columbia, pleaded guilty Feb. 18 to second-degree murder and armed criminal action and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Four other suspects have trial dates pending. They are all charged with second-degree murder.