SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man who was 15 when prosecutors say he fatally shot another man in the head during an attempted robbery has acknowledged responsibility.
The Republican newspaper reports that the now 18-year-old Nathaniel Ramos, of Springfield, pleaded guilty Tuesday as a youthful offender to involuntary manslaughter in the September 2014 death of 38-year-old Demarcus Johnson.
As a youthful offender, Ramos’ case was handled in open court and he is subject to adult punishment.
Prosecutors say Ramos hit Johnson in the head with a gun during an attempted robbery outside a Springfield gas station, the gun went off, and the bullet struck Johnson, of East Hartford, Connecticut. He died at the hospital two days later.
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The prosecution and defense are both recommending a 20 to 22-year sentence for Ramos.
Information from: The Springfield (Mass.) Republican, http://www.masslive.com/news/