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Jan 28, 2012 11:59 AM by Matt Stafford

Pueblo teen gets max sentence for 2010 killing

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.

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