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Lafayette Upshaw admits to murder of Anthony Santiago, avoids possible death sentence

By Katie Shank, Senior Producer, KShank@wfmz.com
Published On: Jan 30 2013 04:02:01 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 29 2013 05:24:57 AM CST

A man charged in a deadly shooting near a playground in Allentown has reached a plea deal to spare his life.

ALLENTOWN, Pa. -

A man charged in a deadly shooting near a playground in Allentown has reached a plea deal to spare his life.

Lafayette Upshaw pleaded guilty Monday to 3rd degree murder in the death of 19-year-old Anthony Santiago.

Prosecutors were planning to seek the death penalty in a trial that was scheduled to start Monday, but in exchange for the guilty plea, Upshaw will spend 13 to 40 years in jail.

The shooting happened last January at 6th and Tilghman streets, near Stevens Park.