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Youth, 15, admits killing teen, making an attempt to rob Commanders operating again

A 15-year-old who was charged in two high-profile crimes final yr — the deadly capturing of an adolescent and the wounding of Washington Commanders operating again Brian Robinson Jr. — pleaded responsible in each circumstances Monday.

Throughout a short listening to in D.C. Superior Courtroom, a day earlier than the teenager was scheduled to go on trial, he pleaded responsible to voluntary manslaughter within the Oct. 3 killing of Andre Robertson, 15, and tried theft in Robinson’s Aug. 28 capturing.

Andre was killed as he sat on the porch of a member of the family’s house at 3:40 p.m. within the 500 block of forty eighth Place NE, close to Kelly Miller Center College and Aiton Elementary College. On the listening to, D.C. prosecutor Jeanine Howard mentioned the teenager was one of many folks inside a car that drove by the home the place Andre was sitting, and he shot on the teen from contained in the automotive.

Suspect in shooting of Commanders running back charged in unrelated homicide

Robinson was shot as he left a enterprise within the 1000 block of H Avenue NE. Howard mentioned the 15-year-old and one other teen held up Robinson, making an attempt to take his pockets and the keys to his Dodge Challenger Hellcat.

Authorities have mentioned beforehand that Robinson tried to run away, however the different teen, who’s now 17, pursued him. Robinson then grabbed the teenager and wrestled the gun out his fingers. The 15-year-old then fired his gun at Robinson, authorities have mentioned. One of many bullets hit simply above Robinson’s knee, one other struck his hip space — however they missed main ligaments and bone.

Howard mentioned the 15-year-old informed authorities: “I used to be making an attempt to get the person’s Hellcat. I wasn’t pondering. It was fallacious.”

Final week, the 17-year-old who was additionally charged in Robinson’s capturing pleaded guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon and carrying a pistol without a license. That teen was not related to Andre’s deadly capturing.

A number of of Andre’s relations, together with his mom, aunts and older sister, watched the digital listening to in Choose Robert A. Salerno’s courtroom. The teenager additionally pleaded responsible to possession of a firearm, which authorities discovered on him when he was arrested Nov. 4.

“Responsible, sir,” mentioned the teenager, for every of the three offenses, as his attorneys from the District’s Public Defender Service sat close by.

The youth is scheduled to be sentenced March 8. Salerno informed the teenager that prosecutors had been requesting that he stay within the custody of the Division of Youth Rehabilitation Companies. The choose mentioned he didn’t know what sort of sentence he would impose, however that he might order the teenager to remain in DYRS custody till he turns 21.

Nicki Jhabvala contributed to this report.

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