Man accused in newspaper shooting pleads changes plea

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FILE – This June 28, 2018, file photo provided by the Anne Arundel Police shows Jarrod Ramos in Annapolis, Md. A pretrial hearing is scheduled Tuesday, June 25, 2019, in the case of Ramos, who is charged with fatally gunning down five people at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Maryland. (Anne Arundel Police via AP, File)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) – A man accused of killing five staffers at Maryland newspaper last year has pleaded guilty but not criminally responsible by reason of insanity.

Attorney Katy O’Donnell said Monday that Jarrod Ramos pleaded guilty to all 23 charges in the indictment, including five counts of first-degree murder.

Ramos is accused of killing employees of the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis in 2018.

His plea means the case will skip the first phase of determining guilt and move to a second phase of determining whether he is criminally responsible.

The 39-year-old Ramos had originally pleaded not guilty and not criminally responsible. The latter term is Maryland’s version of an insanity defense.

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