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Man who pleaded guilty to 18-year-old's murder sentenced to 16 to 45 years in prison

Eric Bell, 21, appears in court Monday, July 17, 2017, at the Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas. (Bradford Boyer/KSNV)

A man who pleaded guilty to a 2014 shooting death of an 18-year-old in North Las Vegas will spend 16 to 45 years in prison.

Eric Bell, 21, was sentenced Monday morning by Judge Tierra Jones for the Nov. 18, 2014, shooting death of Roland Pleasant.

Police say in 2014, the victim, along with two other teen passengers, picked up Bell, who was an acquaintance. When Bell got into the vehicle, he pulled a gun, robbed one teen, attempted to rob the other, and shot the driver on East Tropical Parkway near Losee Road.

"I just have something I'd like to tell the victim's family,” said Eric Bell, who pleaded guilty to Pleasant’s shooting death.

Bell asked Pleasant's mother for forgiveness.

"No mother deserves to lose a child. I'm so sorry for taking him away from you. I also want the mother to know that night I did not go with the intentions to harm or kill anybody,” said Bell.

In front of a packed room of her son's supporters, Roberta Garcia told Judge Tierra Jones about her loss.

"I adored my son. He was my protector. He was my wingman. He gave me strength to be a single mom and take care of him,” said Garcia.

Garcia then read the court a poem she says was something her son would have written from heaven.

"Momma, this is not to make you sad. This is not to hurt you. God wants to show you a life I never knew,” read Garcia.

Bell’s family had said since his arrest that he had suffered from mental illness since he was a child and they've tried several times to get him help.

In the plea agreement, Bell, who was 18 at the time of the shooting, pleaded guilty to murder in the second degree; six other felony counts were dismissed.

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