Man pleads no contest to third-degree murder in girlfriend's slaying on Mother's Day eve

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JOHNSTOWN, Pennsylvania — A western Pennsylvania man has pleaded no contest to third-degree murder for shooting his girlfriend about an hour before Mother's Day last year, while her young child was present.

Twenty-six-year-old Kyle Rodgers entered the plea Thursday in Cambria County and faces a maximum of 20 to 40 years in prison when he's sentenced Sept. 1.

Defense attorney Thomas Dickey tells the (Johnstown) Tribune-Democrat ( ) that the shooting on May 10, 2014 was an accident.

Dale Borough police say they responded and found Rodgers standing over 20-year-old Linsey Wolfe's body, and he "said he shot Wolfe and that he was sorry."

Police say the couple argued and Rodgers took a handgun and went downstairs, before Wolfe pushed him and the gun discharged. Officials say Wolfe's son was present but not hurt.

Information from: The Tribune-Democrat,

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