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Merrillville teen admits to fatal shooting

Updated: May 1, 2013 2:42PM



A 19-year-old Merrillville man pleaded guilty Thursday in Lake Superior Court to reckless homicide in exchange for an eight-year sentence.

Angel L. Garcia admitted he got into a verbal dispute with Brian McCoy on April 7, 2011, at 600 E. 48th Ave., in Gary. The argument turned physical and Garcia and McCoy began struggling. Garcia fired a handgun and shot McCoy, 39.

The plea agreement calls for dismissal of the original charges of murder and murder in perpetration of a robbery, which are punishable by 45 to 65 years in prison.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for April 24 before Judge Clarence Murray.

Garcia’s plea agreement specifies that he must serve his sentence in the Indiana Department of Correction.



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