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Detroit man admits to murdering Eastern Michigan's Demarius Reed

Family members mourned Eastern Michigan's Demarius Reed at his funeral in October. Photo: AP Photo/AnnArbor.com, Melanie Maxwell

Family members mourned Eastern Michigan's Demarius Reed at his funeral in October.

Kristopher Pratt, a 20-year-old man from Detroit, pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree murder in the homicide case of Eastern Michigan football player Demarius Reed, MLive.com reports.

Reed was shot to death in October when Pratt and acquaintance Ed Thomas followed him into his apartment building and attempted to rob him.

The terms of Pratt's plea deal call for him to receive an 18- to 30-year prison sentence and for him to testify against the 21-year-old Thomas. Both Pratt and Thomas were expected to appear in Washtenaw County Court on Monday for the start of their trial. Thomas could also agree to a plea deal before then.

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Just a few weeks later, Pratt shot at and robbed a man of newly released Air Jordans at Eastland Mall in Harper Woods on Nov. 2, 2013. Police subsequently linked Pratt's gun to both shootings.

Other charges against Pratt will be dismissed and he won't be sentenced as a habitual offender. The plea deal will also allow the prison term to run at the same time as the 7-20 years Pratt is currently serving for the sneaker robbery.

Reed was 20 years old at the time of his death. The Chicago native was in his third season as a member of the EMU football team.

- Ben Estes

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