His trial was set to begin Monday, but Tedric Sanders reaches plea deal in Innovative Optique robbery

MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- His jury trial was supposed to begin on Monday, December 1st -- but instead, 20-year-old Tedric Sanders, charged in connection with a deadly armed robbery at the Innovative Optique store in Fox Point has reached a plea deal in the case against him.

Sanders was originally charged with felony murder and felony bail jumping in the case. In court on Monday, Sanders pleaded guilty to an amended felony armed robbery charge, and the felony bail jumping charge was dismissed.

Sanders is the man police say tried to rob Innovative Optique in Fox Point in early August. That robbery ended in a shooting and one man dead — Sanders' alleged accomplice.

Police say an employee at the store exchanged gunfire with 22-year-old Joshua Drake — and Drake died at the scene.

Under Wisconsin law, those involved in felonies can be charged if someone dies while the crime is being committed.

Sanders has a lengthy criminal history. In fact, at the time of the attempted armed robbery and shooting, police say Sanders was supposed to be in court for a charge related to a high-speed chase.

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