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Suspect pleads guilty in murder case

ALBANY, Ga. -- Anthony Hill, who has been connected to a 2010 crime that left a convenience store clerk dead, has pleaded guilty to the charges against him in exchange for a prison sentence and testimony against his co-defendant, officials said Monday.

Hill is a suspect in an armed robbery of the Miscelanea Guate-Mex store at 2120 Radium Springs that took place at around 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 17, 2010. The incident left 19-year-old Sentos Vincente dead of a gunshot wound to the head after the clerk refused to give them money, police have said.

Hill, then 16, was allegedly joined in the crime by Santarious Nelson, 19 at the time he was charged, police said. One of the suspects is believed to have shot Vincente before the pair ran from the store, police said.

Dougherty District Attorney Greg Edwards said Monday that Hill has entered a guilty plea to the charges against him -- including aggravated assault, armed robbery, involuntary manslaughter and a minor in possession of a handgun -- in exchange for him serving a 30-year prison sentence after he testifies in Nelson's trial.

Nelson's trial is set to commence Aug. 5. Among the charges he faces include armed robbery and murder.

Hill was arrested in January 2011, while Nelson was arrested the following August at his home in Baker County after further investigation into the incident eventually revealed him to be a suspect.

Initial reports on the incident showed that Hill wore a blue ski mask during the robbery, while the other suspect -- who was wearing a black mask -- shot Vincente, police said..

Following Nelson's arrest, investigators said they believed that the store may have been targeted because it was frequented by the area's Latino population, who often are hesitant to talk to police.

"The primary motive of this incident was robbery, and we're still actively working this investigation. ... That could be a possibility as well as the actual physical location of the facility could have a played a part in this incident," said APD Detective Darryl Laster at a August 2011 news conference.