GARDEN CITY, Kan. — Authorities have dropped a murder charge against a Kansas man in exchange for him pleading guilty to a jailhouse altercation.

The Liberal Leader & Times reports that 21-year-old Ruben Valentine Fernandez, of Garden City, is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 18 for aggravated battery and conspiracy to commit aggravated battery. He pleaded guilty Monday to the altercation, which happened in July while Fernandez was jailed in Seward County.

Fernandez initially was charged with second-degree murder. But that charges was dropped as part of the plea, along with one count each of criminal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, criminal discharge of a firearm at an occupied vehicle and conspiracy to commit criminal discharge of a firearm at an occupied vehicle. No details have been released about the killing.


Information from: High Plains Daily Leader, Liberal, Kan., http://www.highplainsleader.com

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