The juvenile suspected of fatally shooting an 18-year-old Huntington man in March filed a plea agreement ahead of a sentencing hearing next week.
Xzavier A. McDonald, 18, who was 17 at the time of the shooting, faces up to six years in prison after he entered into a plea agreement for a Level 5 felony charge or reckless homicide, false informing, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia, according to the plea agreement filed in Huntington Circuit Court.
The state is seeking a two year prison sentence with four years of probation, according to the agreement.
Around 5 p.m. on March 29, police arrived at lot No. 4 on the 200 block of Riverside Drive to find Brandon Lee Olivares, 18, bleeding from a single gunshot wound to the chest, according to a press release from the Huntington Police Department. Police say life-saving measures were unsuccessful.
Huntington County Coroner Philip Zahm ruled the shooting as a homicide after he determined Olivares died as a result of the shooting, according to a Huntington County Sheriff’s Department press release.
McDonald wrote that he and a group of friends were listening to music and smoking marijuana before the shooting, according to the plea agreement.
At some point, McDonald wrote in the plea deal that he removed all but one bullet from the 9 mm Pitbull revolver in his possession.
Trying to move the gun to a safe location, McDonald said he accidentally shot Olivares in the chest.
“When I set the gun down, I recklessly handled the gun and it discharged; the bullet went into the chest of Brandon Olivares,” the plea agreement states.
Police say multiple people who were inside the trailer at the time of the shooting were interviewed to determine the chain of events.
McDonald reportedly admitted he provided police with false statements, neglecting to tell police of another person inside the trailer during the shooting.
The suspect also admitted, according to the plea agreement, that he was in possession of paraphernalia and marijuana.
A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Monday at 8:15 a.m. in Huntington Circuit Court where the judge can accept or deny the agreement before sentencing.