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Phoenix-area woman pleads guilty in Vegas shooting

LAS VEGAS — A 22-year-old Arizona woman has taken a plea deal that could
get her at least eight years in prison for shooting a motorist in the neck on
the Las Vegas Strip during a Christmas week road rage confrontation.

Brittanie Merritt-Burwell of Glendale, Ariz., pleaded guilty Monday to
attempted murder in the Dec. 23 shooting that seriously wounded a 29-year-old man.

Clark County District Court Judge David Barker set Merritt-Burwell’s sentencing
April 28.

Prosecutors dropped battery with a weapon and shooting into a vehicle charges
and agreed that Merritt-Burwell won’t face prosecution stemming from allegations
that she was involved in several robberies before the shooting.

Her 28-year-old co-defendant, Joshua Youngblood, faced trial on a concealed-
weapon charge.

Prosecutor Megan Thompson said the motorist is recovering from his


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