UPDATE: Teen Pleads Guilty in Slaying of Man Who Hoped to Help Kids

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) – A 16-year-old has pleaded guilty in the shooting death of a Lexington man who had once hoped to become a counselor for at-risk and violent children.

Citing court documents, media outlets report that Christopher Bravo, who was charged as an adult, pleaded guilty Monday to reduced charges of second-degree manslaughter and tampering with evidence in the death of 20-year-old Andres Soto Jr.

Soto was shot to death last December while standing outside on Lexington’s Oxford Circle.

Bravo, who was 15 at the time of the shooting, was initially charged with murder.

Soto’s family, friends and mentors said Soto, who dreamed of becoming a youth counselor, had worked to overcome adversity and to help others do the same.

Bravo faces up to 11 years in prison when he is sentenced Feb. 2.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.


12/16/15 12:00 a.m.

Lexington Police say they charged a 15-year old with Murder and Tampering with Physical Evidence in connection to the death of Andres Soto, Junior on December 6, 2015. Because the suspect is a juvenile, no name was released.

Police say around 3:25 a.m. on December 6, officers were called to the area of 1914 Oxford Circle for reports of shots fired and an injured person. Upon arrival, officers found Soto suffering from a gunshot wound. He later died at the hospital.

Police say the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with additional information about this case is asked to call Lexington Police at 859-258-3600 or 859-258-3700 or Bluegrass Crime Stoppers at 859-253-2020. You can also submit tips and information online at www.bluegrasscrimestoppers.com.

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