Man pleads guilty to role in shooting

A man involved in a late-July shooting in Clifton pleaded guilty Tuesday morning to a felony count of being an accessory to a crime.

Joshua Cole, 24, was with Michael Simpson, 24, when Simpson allegedly shot inside a Clifton home on July 28, killing Marco Ramon Acosta-Estrella, 50, and wounding three others. Simpson allegedly shot into the home after someone there made a “snide” comment to him while the two were walking in the area, according to the affidavit.

Cole pleaded guilty to the Class 5 felony charge and an open sentence, meaning he could receive a sentence ranging from probation to six years in prison. He will be sentenced Feb. 24.

Cole initially was charged with two counts of being an accessory to a crime and one count of possession of a weapon by a previous offender.

Simpson, who was scheduled to enter a plea in his case today, had his hearing postponed. A motion filed in court requests that his attorneys review more evidence in the case before moving forward.

Simpson was charged with first-degree murder, among other counts, in addition to a bias-motivated crime.

Both men were arrested that night in the area of 32 and D 1/2 roads.

Deputies found a Glock handgun about 15 feet away, according to an arrest affidavit.

Simpson is accused of shooting a gun multiple times inside a home at 468 Mae St. while the occupants were celebrating a child’s birthday party.


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