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Galesburg man pleads guilty to gun charge in teen's death, gets 180-day jail sentence


GALESBURG, Illinois — A Galesburg man has pleaded guilty to unlawful firearm possession in connection to the 2013 shooting death of a 15-year-old.

The Register-Mail ( ) reports 19-year-old Alex Horton pleaded guilty Thursday to a misdemeanor charge as part of a plea deal.

Attorneys for both sides said the plea deal was reached in part because Horton cooperated with investigators. Prosecutors dropped a felony gun charge against Horton.

A judge gave Horton a 180-day jail sentence and two years of probation, but credited him for all 180 days served.

Nineteen-year-old Brandon Kenney pleaded guilty last month to a second-degree murder charge in the death of Javon Butler. Kenney was given a 40-year prison sentence.

Assistant State's Attorney Elisa Nelson said police don't think the pistol Horton had at the time of the shooting was the one used to kill Butler.

Information from: The Register-Mail,

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