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Man pleads guilty in Pittsburg State student’s killing

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PITTSBURG, Kan. — One of the men charged in the robbery and slaying of a Pittsburg State University student has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

The Pittsburg Morning Sun reports that 21-year-old Corbin Joseph Spragg, of Pittsburg, also admitted to aggravated kidnapping. As part of the agreement, charges of first degree murder, attempted aggravated robbery and attempted aggravated burglary were dropped.

Prosecutors say 20-year-old engineering student Taylor Thomas was killed in 2014 when Spragg and three other men attempted to steal marijuana from Thomas’ roommate. A fifth man who’s accused of aiding the other four after the killing also faces charges.

Spragg has agreed to testify against the other defendants and won’t be formally sentenced until the other cases end. As part of the plea agreement, he faces 27-and-a-half years in prison.