One of three men charged in a January homicide in the DeBarr Road Costco parking lot changed his plea Wednesday.


Nathaniel Kile, 18, was originally charged with second-degree murder and first-degree robbery in the Jan. 29 shooting death of 20-year-old Jeanpal Borge, but pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of manslaughter.


Police say Borge was shot and killed when the three suspects — Kile, 19-year-old Makur Chan and 20-year-old Simon Tongyik Chuar — met him to buy marijuana.


The Costco shooting was one of several homicides at the beginning of the year that led the Anchorage Police Department to form a special task force to combat growing concerns over drug activity in the city.


Kile faces five to eight years in prison and is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 30.


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