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Man pleads guilty to murdering Kirkwood teen

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Nicholas Lunceford, 19, (left) is accused of shooting 18-year-old Brandon Richards (right) with a handgun at a home in Kirkwood in December. By Brendan Marks Nicholas Lunceford, 19, (left) is accused of shooting 18-year-old Brandon Richards (right) with a handgun at a home in Kirkwood in December. By Brendan Marks
Police are searching for a man wanted for shooting 18-year-old Brandon Richards (seen above) to death at a Kirkwood home Monday night. By Brendan Marks Police are searching for a man wanted for shooting 18-year-old Brandon Richards (seen above) to death at a Kirkwood home Monday night. By Brendan Marks
By Sarah Heath By Sarah Heath
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CLAYTON, Mo. -- A 20-year-old man will be sentenced in December after pleading guilty in the shooting death of a St. Louis County teenager.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Nicholas Lunceford pleaded guilty Friday in St. Louis County Court to charges including second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the June 17 death of 18-year-old Brandon Richards. Prosecutors have recommended a 20-year sentence for Lunceford.

Lunceford’s sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 13.

Another defendant, 18-year-old Keenan Miller, is also charged in the killing. Police have said Miller was delivering marijuana to Lunceford at his home when Richards was shot. His lawyer did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Richards graduated from Kirkwood High School shortly before his death.

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