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DES MOINES, Iowa — One of three people charged in the robbery and death of a Des Moines man back in 2017 has taken a plea deal.

Monica Fagan, 28, pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery and willful injury causing a serious injury. In exchange for the plea, the state dropped the first-degree murder charge. Fagan was sentenced to 35 years in prison and must serve at least 17 and a half years before she is eligible for parole.

Police say Fagan, Ricky Hascall, and Sarah Saltz robbed and killed Michael Huckleberry in his apartment in January 2017. Hascall, 51, died in jail last year while awaiting trial.

Saltz pleaded guilty to robbery and theft and was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

DES MOINES, Iowa — On Friday, a Polk County jury found a metro anti-violence activist not guilty.

Calvetta Williams was charged with child endangerment causing physical injury but was found not guilty of those charges.

Back in 2016, the mother of a child in Williams’ care claimed her daughter received bruises and scratches on her cheek and forehead. Williams is a former childcare provider.

Williams is a founder of the organization Mothers Against Violence. The Iowa Attorney General pulled its funding for “procedural issues” in 2017.