• Man gets life sentence for killing 3 teens during robberies

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    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A Florida man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing three teens in robberies.

    The Palm Beach Post reports that 20-year-old Joel Rodriguez was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to three murder counts as part of a deal with prosecutors.

    Authorities say Rodriguez fatally shot 18-year-old Dalton Dobkins at a Wellington home in November 2016. Rodriguez's half-brother, 22-yar-old Augustine Ricardo Rivera, served as lookout for the robbery. He faced a life sentence for his involvement, but prosecutors settled for 20 years after his brother's guilty plea.

    Officials say Rodriguez also killed 18-year-old Aaron Valle and 17-year-old Elijah Montas outside a Greenacres apartment several weeks after the first shooting. During that robbery, 19-year-old Carlos Amaya Hernandez was with Rodriguez. Hernandez has pleaded guilty to two counts of murder and awaits sentencing.

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    Information from: The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post, http://www.pbpost.com

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