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Stoccos plead guilty in NSW Supreme Court

AAP logoAAP 7/10/2016 Miranda Forster

A father and son who triggered a massive police manhunt last year have pleaded guilty in the NSW Supreme Court to murder and other charges.

Gino and Mark Stocco both pleaded guilty on Friday to the October 2015 murder of Rosario Cimone, whose body was found in a shallow grave at the NSW rural property where the Stoccos were arrested.

The duo also pleaded guilty to two charges of shooting a semi-automatic rifle to avoid arrest, and one charge of recklessly destroying farm sheds and a tractor by fire.

They appeared in the Supreme Court in Sydney by video link from Wellington Correctional Centre in central west NSW.

They've spent nearly a year behind bars since their dramatic arrest at a rural property near Dubbo on October 28 last year.

Their capture followed a two-week manhunt across parts of Victoria and NSW that was sparked when the pair opened fire at police at Mangoplah, near Wagga Wagga, in the Riverina region.

Before that Gino and Mark Stocco had evaded authorities for eight years over property and other offences in Queensland.

Mr Cimone, 68, was the Italian-born caretaker of the property at which the Stoccos were finally caught.

He was killed on October 7, 2015, according to court documents.

Gino and Mark Stocco will face a sentence hearing on December 12.

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