Uber driver pleads guilty to shooting dead six people in MI

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An Uber driver in the USA has sensationally pleaded guilty to murdering six people in 2016 in between giving rides, meaning he is set to face life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Dalton submitted his guilty plea while jury selection was taking place in Kalamazoo County court, where he was standing trial this week.

His charges consist of six counts of murder, two counts of attempted murder and eight charges relating to firearms offences.

The 48-year-old Dalton answered "yes" to a series of questions, admitting that he shot eight people at three locations.

According to police, the alleged shooter claimed that a "devil figure" on the Uber app had been controlling him.

"Well, I thought he was on the same page until this very morning, when in court the prosecution said, 'We make no offers, but he can plea, '" added Solis.

Four people were killed at a restaurant and two at a vehicle dealership in the shootings in the city of Kalamazoo. He faces a mandatory life sentence without parole.

Throughout the rest of the hearing, Dalton remained in a holding cell with two police escorts, following the hearing by video conference.

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Solis said Dalton told him he did not want to put his family or the victims' families through trial, and his family had spoken with him over the weekend to stop the case from going to trial. He also pleaded guilty to killing Dorothy Brown, 74, Mary Jo Nye, 60, Barbara Hawthorne, 68, and Mary Lou Nye, 62 in a Cracker Barrel parking lot.

He was found competent to stand trial and last week dropped an insanity defense.

"I've thought about this quite a lot", he said to Lipsey.

Dalton reportedly had told police that he was made a "puppet" by the Uber application, which directed him to shoot people at random over the course of several hours.

Prosecutor Jeff Getting said the motive behind the shootings is a question that "haunts us".

Families are scheduled to return to court for Dalton's sentencing on Tuesday, Feb. 5.

Dalton was an Uber driver at the time of the crimes and allegedly carried out the shootings in between picking up riders.

"But in speaking to Mr Dalton, there are reasons" for the plea, Solis told Judge Alexander Lipsey.