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Tina Balas pleads guilty to killing her own friend

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A woman admits to being involved in the murder of one of her friends. 

Tina Balas tearfully said she killed Todd Kegel back in May of 2011.  It happened in the parking lot of the Great Oaks Apartment Complex south of Rockford.  Police say Balas and Von Edrick Johnson called Kegel to go out there for a drug deal.  It went bad and Johnson stabbed Kegel. Johnson's already serving a 15 year sentence for 2nd Degree Murder and that's what Balas pleaded guilty to Monday in court.  She was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Kegel's father, Paul Kegel, says Balas and his son went to Harlem High School together and had been friends since then.  He says forgives Balas for her role in his son's murder.  Hear more from him tonight on 13 News at 5 & 6.

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