Coronado High School student shooting deaths: Man avoids death penalty trial after plea deal

Victims Derek Greer and Natalie Cano-Partida
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (The Gazette) - A 20-year-old man will avoid a death-penalty trial under a plea bargain Monday in a gang plot that led to the killings of two Coronado High School students.

Diego Chacon of Colorado Springs pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder in the March 2017 abductions and shooting deaths of Natalie Cano-Partida, 16, and Derek Greer, 15.

He will be sentenced to 65 years in prison under his deal, which doesn’t require him to testify against Marco Garcia-Bravo, 22, the other alleged shooter in what authorities have characterized as gang-related kidnappings and killings.

The sentence is expected to be imposed Jan. 23 by 4th Judicial District Judge David Shakes.

In admitting his crimes, Chacon didn’t identify the second shooter, saying that after shooting Partida, he “passed off the gun to another individual,” who then shot Greer.

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