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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) - Anthony Tottingham was facing two first degree murder charges and one second degree murder charge in court Tuesday.

Both the prosecution and defense agreed on a plea that would dismiss the first degree charges if Tottingham pleaded guilty and took a heavier sentence than what second degree would usually require. 

Without the agreement, Tottingham's trial would have been pushed to next month, and he would have had a jury with the possibility of being found not guilty to the murder of 18 year old Estavon Gonzalez.

In July of 2010, Anthony Tottingham admitted to having shot Gonzalez in the face over a conflict involving stolen marijuana and cash out of Tottingham's car. Tottingham believes that Gonzalez had planned the theft, and knowingly followed Gonzalez that summer day before confronting him and shooting him.

Tottingham was sentenced to 37-and-a-half years in prison.he will be put on parole after serving about 25 years.

Tottingham seemed to have little emotion while going over the details of the murder. But that was the opposite of what Gonzalez's family was showing.  His mother, father and wife sat nearby, re-living the event of two years ago. The family says they were hoping Tottingham would get a life sentence, but at least this provides some kind of closure

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