17-year-old pleads guilty in shooting death of 5-year-old

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17-year-old Stephon Shannon pleaded guilty Friday for the shooting death of 5-year-old Nizzel George in Minneapolis last June. Shannon pleaded guilty of second-degree intentional murder, the office of the Hennepin County Attorney told MPR.
As part of the plea bargain Shannon will spend 28 years in prison when he's sentenced Tuesday. The state will also drop two counts of first-degree murder that would have sent him to prison for life, The Pioneer Press reported.
George was hit by a bullet while sleeping on his grandmothers couch. Shannon and 15-year-old Julian Kijuan Lamar Anderson were accused for firing shots into the house the morning of the shooting, The Star Tribune reported.
The shot into the house because they believed that somebody at the residence and shot into the house where they were staying, The Pioneer Press reported.
Shannon admitted during his plea that the shooting was for the benefit of a gang called the Skitz Squad which has clashed often with another gang the Y.N.T., The Star Tribune reported.
Anderson will was previously certified to stand trail as an adult but the ruling has been appealed. Shannon will face his sentence for 28 years in prison on Tuesday, MPR reported.

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