Feb 08, 2020 12:12 PM

Teen pleads guilty to murder in Colorado school shooting

Posted Feb 08, 2020 12:12 PM

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (AP)-The younger of two students charged in a school shooting in suburban Denver that killed a classmate has pleaded guilty under an agreement that gives him a chance to be paroled after serving about 25 years in prison.

Sixteen-year-old Alec McKinney pleaded guilty to 17 felonies, including first-degree murder, in last year's shooting that killed his 18-year-old classmate Kendrick Castillo.

No matter how long his sentence, McKinney would be eligible to be released from prison within 20 or 25 years under a 2016 state law that applies to inmates sentenced when they were under 18.

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Feb 08, 2020 12:12 PM
Kobe Bryant helicopter had nearly cleared blinding clouds

By STEFANIE DAZIO-Associated Press  

LOS ANGELES (AP)-Investigators say the helicopter that crashed and killed Kobe Bryant and eight others was almost out of blinding clouds when it plunged and crashed into a Southern California hillside.

An investigative update released Friday by the National Transportation Safety Board says there wasn't any sign of engine failure in the Jan. 26 crash northwest of Los Angeles.

The update doesn't say what caused the crash, but it indicates the pilot was only 100 feet from the cloud tops when he suddenly descended. The update reinforces the notion that the pilot became disoriented while trying to get to clear skies.