The getaway driver in a deadly robbery in Brea pleaded guilty Friday and was immediately sentenced to nine years in prison.

Edward Dewayne Nelson, 36, of Perris, pleaded guilty to conspiracy and attempted carjacking, both felonies, and admitted sentencing enhancements for being armed with a firearm in the commission of a felony. A charge of murder was dismissed against him on Sept. 11.

Nelson has been in custody since being arrested in July 2017.

The alleged gunman, Thomas Allen Jenkins III, is awaiting trial.

Jenkins is accused of killing 44-year-old Alex Lin of Brea, who was confronted about 9:30 a.m. Jan. 28, 2017, in the underground parking area of the Target store at 855 E. Birch St., according to Brea police Lt. Darrin Devereux.

Nelson is accused of driving Jenkins to and from the crime scene, Senior Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Walker said.

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