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N.J. Man Pleads Guilty To Killing Fellow Homeless Man In Encampment

Men Had Been Staying In Abandoned Building When Argument Broke Out Last Year
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PASSAIC, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A Passaic, N.J. man pleaded guilty Monday to charges in the death of a fellow homeless man in an abandoned building last Christmas Eve.

Mario Cusanero-Lopez, 27, a Guatemalan national who authorities said was in the United States illegally, entered a guilty plea to aggravated manslaughter Monday. He faces a 10-year prison term when he is sentenced Jan. 10.

Passaic County prosecutors said Cusanero-Lopez admitted arguing with Juan Vasquez, 37, and choking him to death. Cusanero-Lopez said he put his knees on Vasquez’s throat until he stopped breathing, and then pushed his body out of a second-floor window.

The two men were among a group of homeless people who had been staying in the Passaic building.

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