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TEEN PLEADS GUILTY TO ATTEMPTED MURDER

A Thornton Street teen pleaded guilty Tuesday to attempted murder and other charges for shooting at a man standing in the window of a LaSalle Avenue home.

Darren Beasley, 16, was remanded to jail pending his Feb. 16 sentencing. He had been free on bail until the plea proceeding before Erie County Judge Timothy J. Drury.

Beasley admitted firing a gun through the front window of the home of Lawrence Briggs, 45, because he was angry with Briggs' children. He also pleaded guilty to misdemeanor stolen-car and criminal-mischief charges for crashing in a stolen car during a Nov. 23 police chase.

Beasley, a juvenile offender, faced a maximum 10-year prison term on the attempted-murder charge rather than the 25-year term someone 16 or older would face. But Drury said he would likely impose a sentence of 1 1/3 to five years.

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