Suspect in Jacksonville killing pleads guilty

Published: Wednesday, November 1, 2006 at 10:38 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 1, 2006 at 10:38 a.m.

JACKSONVILLE Mark Foss, one of three men charged with second-degree murder in connection to the death of a University of Florida student after the 2005 Florida-Georgia football game, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to felony battery, a lesser charge.

Foss, 19, of Jacksonville, was accused of punching UF student Tom Brown, 23, in the face in Jacksonville last October.

State Attorney Bernie de la Rionda said co-defendant Alex Canzano's second-degree murder case will likely be resolved out of court, too.

Foss' plea comes a month after a jury found Jeremy Lane, 22, of Jacksonville, guilty of aggravated battery.

"We felt like this was in the best interest of the case, especially after Mr. Lane's trial, when a jury found him guilty of aggravated battery," de la Rionda said Wednesday. "We felt that based on the facts, this was an appropriate plea."

Circuit judge Jack Schemer scheduled a tentative sentencing date for Foss for Nov. 13. Lane is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday.

For more on this story, read Thursday's Gainesville Sun.

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