EDWARDSVILLE — One of the three men charged in an Alton robbery-murder has pleaded guilty.
Jury selection was to begin Monday for Nigel Generally, 21, of Berkeley, Mo. He had been charged with three counts of murder and one count of attempted armed robbery in the 2011 shooting death of Tyler Hoppe.
But before the jury was selected, Generally pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree murder in return for a sentence capped at 40 years in prison. The actual sentence will be set after completion of a pre-sentencing investigation, according to Stephanee Smith, spokesman for the Madison County state's attorney's office.
Hoppe had been found in his car outside his Alton home on Dec. 7, 2011, shot once. His father called 911, but Hoppe later died at Alton Memorial Hospital.
The state's attorney's office charged Generally and Larry Belk, 21, of St. Louis with what they termed an attempted armed robbery that turned into murder. Belk was later apprehended and remains in custody at the Madison County Jail.
A third defendant, Hosie Burgess, also has been charged. The trials of Belk and Burgess have not yet been scheduled. Belk is due to appear in court next on May 6. Burgess was to appear in court Monday, but that appearance has been continued.
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