Plea Deal in California Gay Classmate Killing

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

A Southern California teenager pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree murder in the killing of a gay classmate in a deal that will send him to prison for 21 years, authorities said.

The plea deal was reached in the case of Brandon McInerney, 17, who gunned down 15-year-old Larry King at a school in Oxnard in February 2008. McInerney was 14 at the time.

McInerney pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter and use of a firearm, said Ventura County Chief Deputy District Attorney Mike Frawley. He's scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 19.

A phone message left with defense attorney Robyn Bramson was not immediately returned.

The case had been expected to go to retrial following a September mistrial when jurors couldn't reach a unanimous decision on the degree of guilt. The panel took a series of votes, the last one with seven in favor of voluntary manslaughter and five jurors supporting either first-degree or second-degree murder.

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