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Uber driver pleads guilty to killing 6 in US shooting spree

AFP  |  Chicago 

An driver who went on a shooting spree that killed six people in the state of pleaded guilty to all charges Monday.

In a surprise turn as the trial was scheduled to begin, pleaded guilty to embarking on a deadly February 2016 shooting spree in the small city of Kalamazoo, in between driving for customers of the ride-sharing service

Dalton was charged with six counts of murder, two counts of attempted murder and eight firearms charges. He faces a mandatory life sentence without parole.

Prosecutors said no deal was offered for the guilty plea.

When asked by the presiding whether he was pleading guilty "voluntarily of your own free will," Dalton replied: "Yes. I've wanted this for quite a while." Dalton reportedly had told police that he was made a "puppet" by the application, which directed him to shoot people at random over the course of several hours.

His victims were a 25-year-old mother wounded while shielding a group of children from bullets, a father and son fatally shot at a and four senior citizens killed in a restaurant parking lot where a teen was also wounded.

television affiliate WOOD reported that Dalton chose to plead guilty to spare his family and victims' families the ordeal of a trial.

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First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 08:55 IST