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MN man gets plea deal in girlfriend's murder

Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

WAUSAU, WI (WTAQ) - A Minnesota man has admitted killing his girlfriend near Wausau, using one of over 50 weapons stolen in a rash of area gun shop burglaries last year. 

22-year-old Richi Vue of Chisago City Minnesota struck a plea deal Tuesday in Marathon County. He escaped a possible life prison term by pleading guilty to a reduced charge of reckless homicide in the shooting death of 20-year-old Lee Xiong in her Weston apartment last October. 

Four other counts were dropped, but they'll be considered when Vue is sentenced on January 2nd.

Prosecutors said he and Xiong were selling methamphetamines from the apartment. The killing resulted from a dispute over revenues from a drug deal. 

A 14-year-old girl was there. She called police. 

Officials said Vue escaped in a stolen truck, and was tracked down in a wooded area near Abbotsford about 40 miles west of the murder scene. 

Officers said they recovered two guns stolen from a shop in Lincoln County, including a .357 magnum.

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