Teen Pleads Guilty in Death of Female Cop

Officer Isabel Nazario was killed when a stolen SUV crashed into her police car.

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    Philadelphia Police
    Sept. 5: Isabel Nazario, 40, Philadelphia Police Officer

    A Philadelphia teenager has pleaded guilty in the death of a police officer whose cruiser he struck with a stolen SUV in 2008.

    Eighteen-year-old Andre Butler pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and other charges on Monday, the day his trial was scheduled to begin.

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    Police say Butler, then 16, was behind the wheel of a stolen Cadillac Escalade and leading police on a high-speed chase in September 2008 when the SUV crashed into a police car.

    Forty-year-old Officer Isabel Nazario, who was in the cruiser's passenger seat, was killed instantly. Her partner was seriously injured.

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    Butler faces 10 to 20 years in prison.