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James Brewer, Stephen Page plead guilty in Vietnam vet's murder

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(WJLA) - Two Washington men have pleaded guilty in the 2011 murder of a Vietnam veteran. 

James Brewer. Photo: U.S. Marshals Service

James Brewer, 27, and Stephen Page, 20, pleaded guilty Wednesday to second-degree murder. 

Prosecutors say Brewer, Page, and a third suspect, Anthony Thomas, shot and killed Solomon Reese, 71, in his Southeast apartment on June 27, 2011. 

Thomas, 25, previously pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and is awaiting sentencing.

Police say Brewer, Page, Thomas, and a fourth man entered Marbury Place in the 2300 block of Good Hope Road SE around 9:15 p.m. Surveillance video caught the group taking the elevator to the seventh floor. 

Brewer, Page and Thomas then entered Reese's apartment and assaulted the veteran and his wife, according to police. Reese was shot several times and later died at an area hospital. 

Brewer, Page and Thomas were caught on camera in a stairwell carrying bags of cigarettes and travelers' checks. Reese was known for selling cigarettes and for keeping piles of cash in his apartment.

On July 14, Brewer was arrested in Newport News and transported back to Washington. While waiting to be formally charged, Brewer switched armbands with another inmate and was released on a drug charge. He surrendered the next day.

Sentencing is set for Jan. 10.

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