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FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2012 file photo, a wrecked car is loaded onto a flatbed truck on the Southern State Parkway in West Hempstead, N.Y., after four people died in an early-morning accident. Joseph Beer, a New York City teenager who admitted being high on marijuana and speeding when he slammed into a tree, was convicted of four counts of vehicular manslaughter in the deaths of his friends, returns to court on Tuesday July 29, 2014 to hear if a prosecutor will retry him on aggravated vehicular homicide charges. (AP Photo/Frank Eltman, File)

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A New York teenager has pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide in a 2012 high-speed crash that killed four of his friends and split his new car in two.

Joseph Beer entered the plea Tuesday.

He faces five to 15 years in prison, though his attorney is seeking youthful offender status because he was 17 at the time. Beer would serve no more than four years if that's granted.

The now-19-year-old was convicted in June of manslaughter, but the jury deadlocked on the more serious charge of aggravated vehicular homicide.

Prosecutors say they agreed to the plea to spare the victims' families another trial.

Beer also pleaded guilty Tuesday to smoking marijuana before the October 2012 crash on Long Island. Police say he was traveling over 100 mph.



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