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

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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.

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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.