Man accepts plea deal in West Chester Township shooting

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — A 20-year-old Cincinnati man has cut a deal with prosecutors and agreed to plead guilty to charges tied to a botched robbery that left a West Chester Township teen dead.

Demarcus Staley pleaded guilty Wednesday in Butler County to charges of murder, kidnapping, aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery and tampering with evidence.

Prosecutors say some of the charges were merged in exchange for Staley’s plea. Judge Keith Spaeth sentenced Staley to serve an agreed-upon term of 21 years to life behind bars.

Staley is the third of four men charged in the January shooting death of 18-year-old Tyler Kassow to take a plea deal.

Police say Staley and three other co-defendants plotted to rob Kassow and his brother, but Kassow was killed after the robbery didn’t go as planned.

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