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Milwaukee man gets prison time for murder while out on bond

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - A 19-year-old man will spend just over 14 years in prison for the murder of a Milwaukee man that he and 5 others were reportedly planning to rob.

Cullen Mitchell pleaded guilty to a felony murder charge in the death of 23-year-old Cristian Garcia-Clemente last August.

Prosecutors said Mitchell and the others had robbed two other victims, when they were cruising in their van for another target. Garcia-Clemente was shot when he tried running away.

At Thursday's sentencing, Mitchell tried blaming the system for his downfall - but Circuit Judge Stephanie Rothstein said it was Mitchell whose chose to reject his family, his school, and other programs.

He was free on bond for another robbery at the time of the slaying -- something the judge called "troubling."

Mitchell was given credit for almost a year he spent in jail while the case went through the courts. He must spend 8 years under extended supervision once he gets out.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)