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Teen pleads guilty to killing homeless man near Raleigh greenway

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Regynald Jose Brown was murdered along Raleigh's Walnut Creek Trail. Regynald Jose Brown was murdered along Raleigh's Walnut Creek Trail.
RALEIGH, N.C. -

A teen charged with killing a homeless man in 2012 before dumping his body in a trash can off a Raleigh greenway pleaded guilty Wednesday to a first-degree murder charge.

Angel Sean Muniz, 17, was sentenced to life in prison for the 2012 death of 37-year-old Regynald Jose Brown. Muniz will be eligible for parole after serving 25 years.

Cases are still pending against Raheem Hall, Tereise Massenburg and Tyrell Hamilton. Hall and Massenburg face first-degree murder charges while Hamilton is charged with second-degree murder.

A 13-year-old was also arrested in the case, however he agreed to testify so his case would be kept in the juvenile court system.

According to testimony, the teens intended to rob Brown as he rode his bike on the Capital Area Greenway in December 2012.

Two of the teens were on top of a tunnel while the other three hide inside the tunnel. A rock was dropped on Brown's head as he rode through. Brown hit one of the teens as they attacked him but was beaten to death with a rock and his own bike.

Brown's body was found in a trash can Dec. 8, 2012, by friends searching along the trail. A 911 caller said the body was in trash can that was lying on its side in a tunnel, half buried in the sand.

A teen not charged in the murder testified last year to having once been a part of a group called "Big Money Swag" or "BMS" along with the accused teens. He said the group robbed other homeless men in the past.

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