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Reno Courthouse Shooting Suspect Pleads Guilty

Posted Nov 6, 2007 6:26 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A Nevada man accused of killing his wife and shooting a Reno judge handling their divorce has entered a guilty plea in the middle of his trial.

Darren Mack pleaded guilty yesterday to first-degree murder for killing his wife, Charla, before the defense was scheduled to begin presenting its case, the Associated Press reports. He also entered an Alford plea—which is the equivalent of a no-contest plea—to attempted murder in the shooting of Judge Chuck Weller, who was hit with shrapnel from a bullet shot through his chambers window, the Reno Gazette-Journal reports.

Prosecutors will recommend a sentence of life in prison with possible parole after 20 years.

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