Teen admits to murder in drive by shooting

A teen accused to killing Braxton Barhams, 26, in June of this year pleaded guilty to murder in Elkhart County Circuit Court Thursday morning.

It was a not so happy birthday for Jesus Macedo-Perez, who turned 17 Thursday. Macedo-Perez entered a guilty plea and accepted a 65-year prison sentence.

Police say Barhams was gunned down in a drive by shooting on June 22 in the 200 block of E. Garfied St. in Elkhart. His body was found in a yard laying behind a wooden fence where he had reportedly run to escape the shooter.

An investigation led to the arrest of Macedo-Perez the following day.

During his plea hearing, Macedo-Perez answered several questions by chief deputy prosecutor Vicki Becker, confirming his involvement in the shooting.

Macedo-Perez admitted to pointing a handgun at Barhams from inside a vehicle, shooting in Barham's direction with the knowledge and intent to strike him.

The 65 year plea agreement does not include the gang enhancement charges Macedo-Perez faced if he went to trial.

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