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Two brothers accused of fatally shooting a city police officer during a 2015 robbery in a North Philadelphia video game store pleaded guilty to their crimes Monday morning.

Carlton Hipps and Ramone Williams will spend the rest of their lives behind bars for killing Sgt. Robert Wilson III, who had been on duty and had stopped at a GameStop to buy a video game for his son when he was shot while trying to stop Hipps and Williams from robbing the store.

They will not face a potential death sentence. District Attorney Larry Krasner, appearing in court Monday, said the decision to allow the guilty plea and not to try the men in a capital case would allow Wilson’s family to avoid the “retraumatization” of future trials and appeals.

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