GOSHEN — An Elkhart teen accused of shooting and killing a man earlier this year pleaded guilty to murder Thursday, Aug. 28, in Elkhart Circuit Court.
Miguel Angel Martinez-Villasenor, 19, of Elkhart, agreed to a sentence of 65 years in prison, with five of those years suspended and on non-reporting probation.
Martinez-Villasenor was arrested in May after turning himself in to police and admitting he had shot 26-year-old Anthony Botello Perez the evening of March 30.
During his plea hearing, Martinez-Villasenor told the court he shot Botello Perez as a result of gang-related activity. He gave the court a detailed account of going to Botello Perez’s home at Deer Creeke Apartments, knocking on his door and shooting him when Botello Perez answered the door.
After the shooting, Martinez-Villasenor went back to his own apartment in Elkhart and later moved from one hotel to another before moving to Chicago, he told the court.
The Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department responded to reports of shots fired in the 2800 block of Toledo Road at about 10:45 p.m., March 30.
Shortly after Martinez-Villasenor turned himself in, Botello Perez’s family rallied outside the Elkhart County prosecutor’s office, saying more people were involved in the shooting. The case remains under investigation.
Martinez-Villasenor’s sentencing hearing was scheduled for 8:30 a.m., Oct. 9 in circuit court.
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