BRIGHTON, Colo. (AP) A man who told police that he shot a Colorado teenager in the head after she hired him to kill her has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in an agreement with prosecutors.
Joseph Lopez had been charged with first-degree murder in the death of 19-year-old Natalie Bollinger. Lopez pleaded guilty to the lesser charge on Monday in Adams County. KUSA-TV reports that the agreement calls for Lopez, who is 23, to serve 48 years in prison followed by 5 years on probation.
Investigators have said Lopez told them he responded to a Craigslist ad Bollinger posted titled "I want to put a hit on myself."
Lopez told police he tried to change Bollinger's mind when he met her but eventually parked the car northeast of Denver and shot her.