Las Cruces teen pleads guilty to fatal shooting

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) – A Las Cruces teen has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the shooting death of a 17-year-old last year.

D’Shaun Hermans, who is 19, entered the plea Thursday under an agreement with prosecutors that calls for a 10-year prison term on charges that also include aggravated burglary, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, tampering with evidence, aggravated battery and shooting at an occupied building.

The district attorney’s office says Hermans accidently shot Jaycob Alba while the two were attempting to rob a home with three other teens in July 2015. Alba died instantly.

Hermans was 18 at the time of the shooting.

Under the plea agreement, authorities say, his sentence will be served at the same time as a sentence for charges in a separate burglary case.

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