Jan 28, 2012 11:59 AM by Matt Stafford
PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) - A Pueblo teenager who shot and killed a homeowner who interrupted a robbery has received the maximum sentence of 40 years in a plea agreement.
The Chieftain reports that 18-year-old Torey Kuznicki pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the 2010 killing of Michael Hopkins. Kuznicki was 16 when he broke into the home of 50-year-old Hopkins, then shot Hopkins when the homeowner startled him. Kuznicki fled to suburban Chicago, where he was apprehended in a hotel several months after the shooting.
Kuznikci pleaded guilty to second-degree murder rather than face a first-degree murder charge. The plea agreement set a maximum sentence of 40 years, which Kuznicki received Friday. Kuznicki was charged as an adult.