A northern New Jersey man charged in the dragging death of a gas station owner last summer has pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter.

Ronnie Fedo of Jefferson Township initially was charged with felony murder in the death of 65-year-old Nisan Ambaroglu of Paramus. The gas station owner was killed when Fedo -- who had stolen a few dollars worth of lottery tickets and an energy drink from the business -- tried to flee in a sport utility vehicle.

But Amabaroglu leaned through the driver's side window in an attempt to stop Fedo, who drove off. He then dragged Ambaroglu through the parking lot and for about 100 yards on the highway before Ambaroglu fell from the vehicle.

Fedo faces a 25-year prison term when he's sentenced next month.

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