Speaking in polite tones, drug dealer Davon D. Jones admitted Tuesday that he killed a 14-year-old girl and wounded a 13-year-old boy while trying to gun down a rival gang member.
The shootings last Aug. 26 on Hagen Street sparked community outrage.
Jones, 17, of East Ferry Street, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Nancylia Salter and second-degree assault in the shooting of Jevon Ingram.
Both were struck as Jones fired into a crowd of several dozen young people at a street dance at about 8:30 p.m. on Hagen, near East Delavan Avenue. A massive canvass of that East Side neighborhood led by Mayor Byron W. Brown and homicide detectives produced tips to track down Jones and Gerald Webb, 16, of Vernon Place.
On Jan. 26, Webb pleaded guilty to felony criminal facilitation for supplying Jones with the revolver used in the fatal shooting. State Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski will sentence both teens March 18.
Webb faces four to 12 years in prison. Tuesday, the judge told Jones he will "cap" his prison term at 22 years to life, sparing him the maximum 25 to life.
Homicide prosecutor Thomas M. Finnerty told the judge the families of both victims consented to the pretrial plea deals.
The prosecutor also told the judge that Jones "deserves credit" for accepting responsibility and sparing taxpayers a costly trial.
Jones politely answered, "Yes, sir" and, "No, sir" to questions from the judge before admitting he fired into the crowd of youngsters, killing Nancylia and grazing Jevon.
Robert N. Convissar, Jones' attorney, said his client had been "very remorseful" since the shootings. Jones' mother was in court for the proceeding but declined to comment.
Chavelo Borden, the oldest sibling of the murder victim, said the plea brought "just a little bit of clarity" to the tragedy.