Suspect pleads guilty in 2013 death of ex-champion boxer
PHOENIX (AP) One of two men suspected in the 2013 beating death of a teenage boxer in Phoenix has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.
Maricopa County prosecutors say 24-year-old Joseph Jesse Corrales entered his plea Monday.
His next scheduled court date is March 9.
Corrales and 23-year-old Robert Chavez were arrested in the September 2013 beating death of 17-year-old Alexis Urbina-Ochoa, whose bloody body was found in his home.
Police say the two gang members were arrested in November 2013 after investigators were tipped off that the suspects allegedly were selling items stolen from Urbina-Ochoa’s home. .
Corrales and Chavez originally were charged with first-degree murder, second-degree burglary and trafficking in stolen property.
Urbina-Ochoa won a USA Youth Boxing National title in 2013 and was training for the 2016 Olympics.