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Teen convicted of murder to receive sentence

Jesus Macedo, who admitted to shooting and killing Braxton Barhams in June, will appear for his sentencing hearing in Elkhart Circuit Court on Dec. 12.
Posted on Dec. 11, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Dec. 11, 2013 at 4:33 p.m.

GOSHEN — An Elkhart teen convicted of murder in 16-year-old Braxton Barhams’ homicide case will be sentenced in Elkhart Circuit Court on Thursday morning, Dec. 12.

Jesus Macedo-Perez, 17, will receive a stipulated sentence of 65 years in prison. He pleaded guilty to the charge Nov. 14. A jury trial scheduled Nov. 18 was vacated.

Macedo was arrested June 23, just hours after police were called to the area of 250 W. Garfield Ave. on reports of a drive-by shooting.

Emergency units were originally dispatched to the scene at 6:45 p.m.

Barhams, 16, was found in the 200 block of Garfield Avenue with a gunshot wound. He was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

During his plea hearing, Macedo-Perez told the court he knew Barhams and that he pointed a handgun at him and shot him while riding in a vehicle.

When asked if someone else was in the vehicle when he shot Barhams, Macedo-Perez refused to respond.

By accepting Macedo-Perez’s plea, the prosecutor’s office removed a criminal gang enhancement.

The enhancement could have doubled Macedo-Perez’s sentence if he was found guilty of murder and if the state proved he was participating in criminal gang activity during his trial.




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