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Man pleads guilty to killing girlfriend

April 17, 2014

PAWTUCKET—Facing what would have been a third trial in the fatal shooting of his former girlfriend in 2008, a Pawtucket man on Wednesday pleaded guilty to second degree murder.
Juan L. Diaz, 30, entered the plea before Superior Court Judge Netti C. Vogel to second degree murder in the shooting death of Mayra Cruz. He is scheduled to be sentenced on April 22.
Under a plea agreement, prosecutors dismissed a charge of discharging a firearm while committing a crime that resulted in death. Cruz' family had been involved in discussions about the plea agreement and the dismissal of the firearms charge, according to Amy Kempe, communications director for the attorney general's office.
Diaz was originally tried in Cruz's murder and found guilty by a jury in March 2010.

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