ORLANDO, Fla. - An Orange County man accused of murder has agreed to a plea deal in exchange for lesser charges and testifying in another man's murder trial.
Nesley Ciceron was facing first-degree murder charges and life in prison until a court hearing on Wednesday in the death of Alex Zaldivar. Ciceron agreed to plead guilty in exchange for a maximum of 15 years in prison.
In exchange for the lesser charges, Ciceron is expected to testify against Bessman Okafor, who is accused of shooting and killing Zaldivar in Ocoee, and Okafor's girlfriend.
Deputies say Ciceron was with Okafor last year when Okafor shot Zaldivar execution-style. Investigators believe Okafor shot Zaldivar and two other people because Zaldivar was going to testify against Okafor about a previous crime.
At Wednesday's hearing Ciceron apologized to several members of Zaldivar's family in court.
"I know nothing I say will bring him back but I wanted to testify truthfully to bring you and your family closure," said Ciceron.
Interviewed after the hearing, Zaldivar's father, Rafael, said that while he doesn't entirely believe Ciceron's apology.
"I'm kinda at a loss for words right now because I am in pain," he said.
Rafael Zaldviar said he does agree with the state's decision to accept the plea deal.
"I think it's something I agreed to as well and I think it's a good move," he said.
Ciceron will not be sentenced until after the Okafor's trial. No date for that trial has been set.
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