PITTSBURG — Joseph Conrad Otter, 22, of Pittsburg, pleaded no contest to one count of distribution of marijuana in Crawford County District Court Thursday.
He was found guilty by the court after waiving preliminary hearing and entering the plea.
As part of the plea agreement a charge of using a communications device to facilitate a drug transaction was dropped.
Otter is facing from 92-144 months in prison on the charge, which stems from the Oct. 2014 incident in which four men, Bryan Bridges, Darius Rainey and Tyler Smith and Corbin Spragg attempted to rob Otter of more than 738 grams — over a pound-and-a-half — of marijuana, resulting in the shooting death of Taylor Thomas.
Thomas was living with Otter at the time of his death.
Spragg, 21, of Pittsburg, pleaded guilty, as part of an agreement, to one count of second degree murder and one count of aggravated kidnapping.
Smith has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery and conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary and has agreed to testify against the others.
Rainey and Bridges are both awaiting trial.
A fifth man, Juan Salas-Rueda also took a plea bargain in the case Thursday, pleading guilty to aggravated robbery for providing the weapons allegedly used in the robbery.
Otter remains free on bond and will be sentenced 1:30 p.m. Aug. 23.
— Patrick Richardson is the managing editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Twitter @PittEditor.