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Chelsea Man Receives Life Sentence For 2013 Shooting

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BOSTON (AP) — A Chelsea man has pleaded guilty to fatally shooting a man standing on the front porch of a city home in what prosecutors say was a case of mistaken identity.

Jonathan Castro was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison with the possibility of parole after pleading guilty to second-degree murder for the March 2013 slaying of 21-year-old Elder Morales.

Prosecutors say the 24-year-old Castro was among a group of men who approached Morales and another man as they stood on the porch, thinking they were members of a rival gang who had attacked one of them.

Prosecutors say Castro and the other man had no gang affiliation and no prior altercations with the defendant or his associates.

Morales was shot in the chest and in the back of the head.

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