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Guilty plea entered in fatal April shooting

Lovelle G. Jones pleaded guilty as charged Monday for fatally shooting another teenager who had been trying to break up a fight last spring.

State Supreme Court Justice Penny M. Wolfgang told Jones he faces a prison term of 15 years to life on his guilty plea to second-degree murder for shooting Terrence B. Smith during the fight on Sussex Street late last April 13.

Jones, 17, of Sumner Place, pleaded guilty without comment on the first day of jury selection at his scheduled trial.

Jailed since his arrest three days after the fatal shooting, Jones admitted he fired twice into a large crowd of kids fighting after a house party on Sussex near Deerfield Avenue had been canceled. He did not explain his actions to the judge. He was remanded pending his Feb. 5 sentencing.

Deputy District Attorney Lawrence M. Schwegler and prosecutor Sarah A. Filocamo said the 18-year-old Smith, who had previously worked as a youth counselor for the Mayor's Summer Youth Program at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, was apparently trying to serve as a peacemaker during the brawl.

Struck by two bullets as Jones apparently randomly fired into the crowd, Smith -- a Bennett High School student who lived on Kosciuszko Street -- took several steps before falling dead as Jones fled, the prosecutors said.

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