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Teen Pleads Guilty in Shooting Death of 5-Year-Old

Court ActionMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors say a Minneapolis teenager has pleaded guilty in the shooting death of a 5-year-old boy who was struck by a stray bullet.

The Hennepin County Attorney’s office says 17-year-old Stephon Shannon pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree intentional murder for the benefit of a gang. He will likely be sentenced to 28 years in prison Tuesday.

Shannon was one of the suspects in the killing of Nizzel George. The boy was sleeping on his grandmother’s couch June 26 when bullets tore through the front wall, striking Nizzel in the back.

Shannon was indicted in August on four counts of murder. Shannon and a 15-year-old boy allegedly stood on the street and fired shots into Nizzel’s house. Investigators say the shooting stemmed from a gang dispute.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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