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Teen involved in fatal robbery gets probation

BARTOW, Fla. (AP) - A central Florida teen who participated in a burglary that involved the death of another suspect has been sentenced to six years of probation.

A Polk County judge sentenced 17-year-old William Murphy as a youthful offender Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to second-degree felony murder, burglary and possession of burglary tools. The Ledger reports that he could have received up to four years in a juvenile facility.

Authorities say Murphy and 15-year-old Otilio Rubio broke into a Davenport home in September 2010. The homeowner shot at them, and Rubio later died from a head wound.

Under Florida law, individuals involved in a felony resulting in death can be charged with murder. The homeowner was not charged.

Two other teens who were waiting outside during the burglary previously pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and burglary. They each received at least nine months in a juvenile facility.


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