Two North Carolina teenage brothers have recently accepted plea deals in their criminal defense. The two are accused of being involved in a gang related drive-by shooting in which a 16-year-old rival gang member was fatally injured. Each teenager will now have to serve around 30 years in jail for their violent offense.
According to the report, the brothers, ages 13 and 15 at the time they were arrested, were allegedly illegally driving a mini-van through north Raleigh on Aug. 15, 2012. The brothers supposedly spotted a teenager on his bicycle, and the brothers exchanged words with him. The brothers allegedly told the other teenager that they were in the TLS gang, and the teenager said he was in the BPA gang.
Police suspect that after the brothers learned that the teenager was in a rival gang, they shot him from the van and fatally wounded him. The 13-year-old was charged with firing the gun, and the 15-year-old was supposedly driving the van. Even though both were minors, they were each arrested and tried in adult court.
Both brothers pleaded guilty to assault with a deadly weapon as well as conspiracy to commit murder. The younger brother faces up to 30 years in jail, and the older brother faces up to 26 years for their violent offense. In this case, the two North Carolina teenage brothers decided to accept plea deals; however, there are a variety of options that an accused person can choose from when preparing for his or her criminal defense. Any accused person would benefit from gaining knowledge on these options in order to make the most ideal choice.
Source: NewsObserver.com, Raleigh brothers plead guilty to second-degree murder of teen, Anne Blythe, Nov. 20, 2013