WICHITA — Frederick Fritz pleaded guilty to murder Monday morning.
As his trial was set to begin in Sedgwick County District Court, Fritz pleaded guilty to first-degree felony murder and eight other criminal counts.
Fritz faces life in prison when he returns to court for sentencing Sept. 30 before Sedgwick County District Judge Greg Waller.
Originally, Fritz was charged with first-degree premeditated murder, stemming from an August 2009 shooting in west Wichita.
In his plea, Fritz admitted to killing 24-year-old Devon E. Cole and wounding a 33-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman in the shooting at Morgan's Landing, 3801 W. 13th St.
Prosecutors said Fritz met the 33-year-old man at a west Wichita bar, played pool with him for a few hours and then went to the apartment to hang out with the man's friends.
Later that night, police said, Fritz went to his car, retrieved a gun, returned to the apartment and demanded money from the handful of people there. He then opened fire.
Fritz's plea will allow his public defender to argue for his sentences to run concurrently on each of the charges.
That would allow Fritz to be eligible for parole in 20 years — five years earlier than if he'd been convicted on the original murder charge.