The first of three men charged in a late 2011 Alton murder has pleaded guilty to a single charge of first-degree murder. 20-year-old Nigel Generally (pictured) of Berkley, Missouri, was caught shortly after the killing of 23-year-old Tyler Hoppe. Hoppe was gunned down in an alleyway in the 1200 block of Hampton Avenue as he stood near his car. With the plea, Generally will face no more than 40 years in prison.
The killing happened on December 7, 2011. Police believe Generally and 22-year-old Larry Belk of St. Louis shot Hoppe during an attempted robbery. A third man, 22-year-old Hosie L. Burgess, of the 2,600 block of Sanford Avenue is also charged in the murder. While police don't believe he was actually at the scene, they do think he supplied the gun and ammunition that killed Hoppe, so he is being charged under the accountability statute. All three were charged with three counts of first degree murder. The cases against Belk and Burgess are pending. Each murder charge carries a penalty of 20-60 years in prison.