16-year-old pleads guilty in Mpls. boy's death

10:28 PM, Feb 5, 2013   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - A 16-year-old boy has pleaded guilty to fatally shooting a 13-year-old boy in Minneapolis two years ago.

Derrick Deangelo Catchings pleaded guilty in court Tuesday to second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder for fatally shooting Rayjon Gomez and wounding another boy as they walked and rode a bicycle in a North Minneapolis alley on Aug. 24, 2011.

Officials say Gomez is expected to be sentenced for more than 38 years in prison. Sentencing was set for 1:30 p.m. on May 20. Several other counts in the indictment, including first-degree murder, will be dropped.

"We think this is a good resolution to an almost incomprehensible crime," Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said. "The victim is 13 years old and riding his bicycle. The person who admits pulling the trigger was just 15 at the time. This gun violence among children must stop."

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