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EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A Missouri man faces up to 40 years in prison now that he’s pleaded guilty in a 2011 Illinois shooting death just as jury selection was to begin for his trial.

Twenty-one-year-old Nigel Generally of Berkeley, Mo., pleaded guilty Monday in Madison County to first-degree murder. He had faced up to 60 years in prison, but prosecutors agreed not to seek more than 40 years in exchange for his guilty plea.

He’ll remain jailed until sentencing.

Authorities say 23-year-old Tyler Hoppe died at a hospital after being found wounded in December 2011 in his vehicle outside his Alton home.

A co-defendant, 21-year-old Larry Belk of St. Louis, has pleaded not guilty and awaits trial on first-degree murder and robbery charges. His next court appearance is May 6.

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