Man pleads guilty in killing of restaurant manager


A man has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the shooting of a fast-food restaurant manager.
   Jose Reyes Mejia-Varela entered the plea Tuesday in the death of 32-year-old Jacinta "Patty" Ayala of Frederick.
   The judge, defense and prosecutors agreed to a sentence of life with the possibility of parole. Sentencing is set for Feb. 26.
   Ayala was killed during an apparent robbery on March 18, 2011 as she opened a Burger King restaurant. 
   Information from: The Frederick News-Post
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