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Teen Pleads Guilty To Killing Student In Fort Worth

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FORT WORTH (AP) - An 18-year-old man has pleaded guilty to murder in the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old high school student who interrupted a burglary at his Fort Worth home.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that under a deal with prosecutors, Broderick Patterson asked Wednesday that a jury decide his punishment for the April 2010 death of Eric Forrester. He could be sentenced to up to 99 years in prison.

Patterson had been charged with capital murder, for which he could have received a life sentence without parole if convicted.

Co-defendant Clifton Elliott, who’s also 18, awaits trial on a capital murder charge. He and Patterson were 16 at the time of the shooting but were certified for trial as adults. Because of their ages, they were ineligible for the death penalty.

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