MINNEAPOLIS - A Richfield teenager pleaded guilty Monday to a single count of second-degree unintentional murder in the beating death of a homeless man in June, according to the Hennepin County Attorney's Office.
Andre Zedrick Steward, Jr., 17, will be sentenced Oct. 15. Officials said he is expected to receive a sentence of 150 months in prison.
On Monday, Steward admitted to the court that he and Willis Esposito Richardson, 23, were looking to rob someone around 9:15 p.m. on June 29.
Steward said they eventually saw Harry Lee Brown, 50, carrying a liquor store bag and walking along 18th Street North near Bryant Avenue North.
Richardson attacked Brown, but Brown was holding his own in the fight, so in order to help Richardson and complete the robbery, Steward said he punched Brown in the face, knocking him to the ground. They took money from Brown's pockets and used it to buy liquor, he said.
Brown was taken to the hospital and was put on life support, before dying on July 8.
Richardson has a hearing scheduled on Oct. 11.
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