Trial opens Monday in 2015 shooting deaths of 2 brothers

Durell Cotton (submitted)
Durell Cotton (submitted)

YORK, Pa. (AP) – A man already serving a sentence for murder goes on trial Monday in the shooting deaths of two brothers in central Pennsylvania last year.

Twenty-year-old Durell Cotton is charged in York County with two counts of first- and third-degree murder in the deaths of 19-year-old Abdiel Vasquez-Soto and 21-year-old Angel Berrios.

Prosecutors said the two were apparently leaving the scene of a shooting in June 2015 when their vehicle struck a telephone pole and they were found shot inside.

Cotton is already serving a term of 59½ years to life in prison in what authorities called the gang-related October 2013 killing of 21-year-old Jordan Breeland.

His original minimum term was 65 years but he was resentenced after officials said his criminal record was misstated in a pre-sentence investigation report.

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