Updated 01/15/2010 05:57 AM
Teen arrested in Bailey murder pleads guilty to attempted robbery
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- One of the teens charged in the shooting death of UAlbany student Richard Bailey has pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted robbery.
With the plea deal, King Jamell Modest, 18, of Albany admitted that he tried to rob Bailey the night he was killed on Oct. 20, 2008.
Modest, along with Devon Callicut, and Ricardo Caldwell were arrested in September on murder and robbery charges in connection with the killing of the 22-year-old student as he walked home from a friend's house in the Pine Hills neighborhood. Callicut is accused of pulling the trigger.
Modest faced 25 years to life if he had been convicted of the second-degree murder charge. He now faces 10 years in state prison when he is sentenced on March 26.
The Albany County District Attorney's office said with the guilty plea, Modest has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors in the case against Callicutt and Caldwell.
Callicutt's attorney, meanwhile, said she believes the DA made the deal because of a lack of evidence and that they made Modest an offer he couldn't refuse.