Northern Indiana teen pleads guilty to shooting man at apartment because of gang dispute

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GOSHEN, Indiana — A northern Indiana teenager has pleaded guilty to a murder charge, testifying that he knocked on a man's apartment door and shot him because of a gang dispute.

Nineteen-year-old Miguel Martinez-Villasenor of Elkhart accepted a plea agreement in court Thursday that calls for a 60-year prison sentence for the March shooting of 26-year-old Anthony Perez at an Elkhart apartment complex.

Martinez-Villasenor told the Elkhart County judge that he and Perez were friends and members of the same gang, but he committed the shooting because Perez had recently posted a photograph disrespecting their gang.

Martinez-Villasenor fled to Chicago after the shooting and was arrested there in May.

His sentencing hearing is scheduled for Oct. 9.

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