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Suspect takes plea in youth's killing

A young man pleaded guilty Wednesday to first-degree manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a teenage youth after being ejected from a party last Christmas.

Michael Corchado-Jamison, 19, faces at least 20 years in prison when he is sentenced May 31. The victim, Elexe "Eleese" Mercado, 17, died Jan. 1 in Erie County Medical Center of a single gunshot wound to the back. He was shot after he and the defendant were kicked out of a party in the 800 block of Columbus Parkway.

Prosecutor Michael P. Felicetta told State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia that Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III agreed to the request of the family of the victim that Corchado-Jamison get at least a 20-year prison term, after the family agreed to the pretrial plea.

Police said the two got into an argument after Mercado began dancing with a relative of Corchado-Jamison. Both were then thrown out of the house party at about 4 a.m.

Mercado was shot as he was getting into a cab on Columbus Parkway near Niagara Street and the Peace Bridge.

Corchado-Jamison was initially charged with attempted murder, but that charge was upgraded to murder after Mercado died.

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