Cuellar pleads guilty to murder of Tyrone Hassel III

BERRIEN COUNTY, Mich. -- The man who was accused of shooting and killing Tyrone Hassel III pleaded guilty to second degree murder on Monday, according to his defense attorney.

Jeremy Cuellar had been charged with first degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and felony firearm.

With his plea agreement, he pleaded guilty to second degree murder and the other two charges were dropped.

Cuellar will be sentenced on September 23. His minimum sentence is 65 years, but the judge will set the maximum.

Tyrone was shot and killed in front of his father's house in Berrien County on December 31, 2018 while he was on leave from the military.

Kemia and Cuellar were having an affair and killed Tyrone for the insurance money, according to prosecutor statements during Kemia's trial.

Kemia Hassel, Tyrone's wife, was convicted of first degree murder and conspiracy on July 18. She will be sentenced August 29.

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