Teen Pleads Guilty to Role in Hazleton Murder

Teen Pleads Guilty to Role in Hazleton Murder

Prosecutors say the teen and another man inflicted a fatal beating on a man while stealing his cell phone.

Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County -- 18-year-old Mitchell Dedes of Hazleton had no comment Friday morning after leaving a Penn Place Courtroom in Wilkes-Barre an admitted killer. Dedes pleaded guilty to third degree murder, kidnapping and robbery. It all stems from a brutal crime August 4th, 2012 in Hazleton.

Prosecutors say Dedes and another man robbed 29-year-old Aaron Reznick at gunpoint to steal his iPhone then viciously attacked the man and stuffed him inside his own car trunk. The Hazle Township victim was found badly beaten and unconscious at Carson and 10th Streets. He died nine days later from his injuries.

Dedes remained silent about his co-defendant, 20-year-old Breon Judon of Hazleton. Judon faces a pre-trial hearing September 3rd and is scheduled to stand trial September 30th in Luzerne County on criminal homicide, kidnapping and robbery charges.

As for the prosecution and Mr. Reznick's family, they declined comment saying they'll wait until Dedes is sentenced before discussing the case.

Dedes could face 25 to 50-years in state prison when he is sentenced October 9th in Luzerne County.

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