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Man pleads in slaying of college football player

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ANN ARBOR, MI (AP) -

A man has pleaded guilty in the fatal shooting of Eastern Michigan University football player Demarius Reed.

Twenty-year-old Kristopher Pratt of Detroit pleaded to second-degree murder during a hearing Friday in Washtenaw County Trial Court.

The Ann Arbor News reports the plea deal calls for an 18- to 30-year prison term for Pratt, who agreed to testify against 21-year-old co-defendant Ed Thomas, whose trial begins Monday.

Pratt also had been scheduled for trial on Monday.

Pratt told Judge Donald Shelton that he and Thomas followed Reed into an apartment building last fall with the intention of robbing the 20-year-old wide receiver.

A defense lawyer has said there isn't enough evidence that Thomas committed the crime.

Pratt told the judge he shot Reed twice in the side when Reed resisted.

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