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Man pleads to reduced charge in girlfriend killing

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WAUSAU (WAOW) - A Minnesota man accused of killing his girlfriend in Weston about a year ago pleaded guilty Tuesday to reduced charges in a plea bargain.

Richi Vue, 22, pleaded guilty to first-degree reckless homicide and will be sentenced Jan. 2, according to Marathon County online court records. He originally was charged with first-degree intentional homicide, which carries a mandatory life prison sentence.

Vue was accused of fatally shooting 20-year-old Lee Xiong with a pistol in October 2012 at the Aspen Pines Apartments in Weston. The criminal complaint said the shooting happened after the pair got into an argument about buying and selling drugs.

Vue fled the scene in a stolen truck and was arrested about five hours later in Clark County after he crashed the truck in a wooded area, according to police.

As part of Vue's plea deal approved Tuesday, four other felonies were dismissed, including theft and being a felon in possession of a firearm, and prosecutors agreed to "cap its argument on sentencing," court records said.

Vue's attorney, Deja Vishny, a state public defender in Milwaukee, said the maximum punishment for the conviction is 40 years in prison and 20 years of supervised release.

It is a fair resolution in light of what occurred that night,” Vishny said. “It was not an intentional homicide. It was a reckless homicide. That is what all the facts and circumstances show.”

Prosecutors from the Marathon County District Attorney's office did not immediately return a telephone message Tuesday.

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