Pimp Agrees To Plea Deal In Mistaken Identity Shooting

SAN RAFAEL (CBS/AP) — A pimp who killed a Northern California man in a mistaken identity shooting has agreed to a plea deal.

The Marin Independent Journal said 21-year-old Michael Marshawn Powell Jr. of Pinole pleaded guilty on Thursday to voluntary manslaughter with a firearm for the 2009 death of Donald Espinoza Ordonez.

Powell also pleaded guilty to pimping involving a child under 16 years old.

Investigators said Powell was running a teen prostitution operation and he got into an argument with two people outside Espinoza’s apartment building.

Investigators said Powell left, got a gun and returned to hunt down the people he was arguing with. The 22-year-old Espinoza was hanging Christmas lights outside the apartment building and he was shot to death by Powell.

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