Turlock man pleads guilty to murder in Illinois

local@modbee.comAugust 13, 2013 

A Turlock man pleaded guilty to murder last week in an Illinois home invasion robbery that turned fatal for his accomplice.

Marcus Samarripa, 25, will be sentenced Oct. 25 for his role in the death of Raymond Maldonado, 22, of Turlock, according to The Times newspaper in La Salle County.

Maldonado was shot by a resident Feb. 19, 2012, in a home near Earlville, west of Chicago. Samarripa was charged with murder, even though he did not shoot anyone, because he was involved in a crime that resulted in a death, the newspaper said.

Police responding to a report of a shooting found Maldonado in the home, a key card for the Holiday Inn Express in nearby Ottawa in his possession.

Police found Samarripa in his car, with bits of glass in his shoes and clothing that matched a broken window at the home, the newspaper said.

The resident, Joel Velez-Contreras, 49, was prosecuted for illegally re-entering the country after being deported on drug charges in California in 2011. He was sentenced to more than four years in prison.

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