16-year-old enters guilty plea following the death of 38-year-old Council Bluffs man

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COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - A 16-year-old Nebraska boy has pleaded guilty in the slaying of a 38-year-old Council Bluffs man.

Pottawattamie County District Court records say Xavier Smith-Catchings, of Omaha, entered a written plea Wednesday to a charge of second-degree murder. Prosecutors lowered the charge in exchange for his plea. He and three men were charged with killing Adam Angeroth in January.

Smith-Catchings' filing says he's agreed to be sentenced to 50 years and must serve a minimum of 10 years. The filing says the judge isn't bound by the agreement, so if the judge gives Smith-Catchings the maximum, Smith-Catchings may withdraw his plea.

The judge had ruled that Smith-Catchings' case remain in district court because it was unlikely he'd be rehabilitated in the juvenile system.

The Daily Nonpareil reports that Nicholas Haner, of Harlan; Ryan McDonald, of Glenwood; and Liam Stec, of Omaha, Nebraska, were sentenced earlier this week to 50 years. They all pleaded guilty to second-degree murder after prosecutors lowered the charge.