- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - A Grand Rapids man accused in the 2013 murder of a 16-year-old has accepted a plea deal with prosecutors.

Juan Chavarria pleaded no contest Tuesday to second-degree murder and possessing a firearm while committing a felony. The 19-year-old was charged this summer in the August 2013 drive-by shooting death of Luiz Gonzalez.

Grand Rapids police have said they don’t believe Gonzalez was the intended target.

WOOD-TV (https://bit.ly/1urAsP3 ) reports Chavarria was initially charged with perjury in connection with the murder, but it will be dropped in accordance with the plea agreement.

The county prosecutor’s office will recommend Chavarria receive a minimum sentence between 15 and 20 years on the murder charge.

Sentencing for Chavarria is scheduled next month.


Information from: WOOD-TV, https://www.woodtv.com



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