LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville man has been sentenced to five years in prison after admitting to being involved in a robbery that led to a murder in Shively in 2016. 

Dion Cummings pleaded guilty Tuesday to criminal facilitation to robbery. As a result of the plea deal, a murder charge against him was dropped. Police arrested Cummings in September of last year for the murder of 34-year-old Joseph Key.

Shively police say Cummings and Shane Van Williams planned to take drugs from the victim at his Shively apartment on Appleton Lane. 

"It was more of a situation where the suspects in this case knew the victim was holding an amount of heroin," said Shively Police Sgt. Josh Myers at a press conference. "And it was more of an attempt of robbery of those narcotics."

Investigators believe Van Williams entered Key's apartment on Aug. 21, 2016 after Cummings told him about the drugs. Key was shot in the head during a struggle. 

As part of his plea deal, Cummings will testify at Van Williams' trial.


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