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Man reaches plea deal connected to South Burlington shooting

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SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - One of the three suspects arrested in connection with a fatal shooting in a Vermont parking lot last year has pleaded guilty to a charge of assault and robbery resulting in injury.

Jacob Beane, 22, of Winooski, entered a deal with prosecutors earlier this month. He admitted to fighting Abdul Clay, 35, of Winooski, the morning of April 23. That happened moments before Clay was shot dead in a South Burlington parking lot.

Prosecutors allege Beane and Robert Dougherty, 38, of Winooski, planned to rob Clay of crack cocaine. They allege Dougherty shot Clay, who later died. Dougherty has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.

The Burlington Free Press reports Beane has sought a plea deal since October. Prosecutors dropped an unrelated theft charge.

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