Teen convicted of murder to receive sentence
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.