The last of five defendants in a 2009 murder case pleaded guilty this week to a lesser charge of aggravated assault, accepting a 20-year sentence for encouraging his friend's shooting death.
Gilbert Anthony Vargas, 22, entered the plea Monday before state District Judge Maria Teresa Herr.
He was arrested in July 2009, days after a friend, Justin Rodriguez, 21, was gunned down outside a party at his West Side apartment. Witnesses said Vargas got in a fight at a party and later returned, yelling at Rodriguez for not backing him up in the fight.
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