Accomplices in the botched robbery attempt of an off-duty police officer are facing life in prison after being charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of 16-year-old Deonta Mackey.
Devante Graham, 17, was held in lieu of $1 million bail after turning himself into authorities Feb. 13, 2014, the Chicago Sun Times reports. Graham faces one count of first-degree murder and one count of armed robbery, CBS Chicago reports.
Emannuel Jackson, accompanied by parents, turned himself into authorities Friday night, according to the Chicago Tribune. Jackson, 15, was charged with first-degree murder and armed robbery and held in lieu $2 million.
Though Graham and Jackson didn’t pull the trigger, authorities tacked on a murder charge on the theory of accountability, Sun Times reports. The Cook County sheriff’s sergeant shot and killed Mackey Feb. 11 after he was confronted by the teens at a Citgo gas station.
Mackey had his weapon drawn and demanded valuables when he approached the officer who was pumping his gas, ABC 7 reports.
Surveillance footage shows the officer seemingly complying with the teens’ demands before immediately drawing his own weapon and firing a shot at Mackey’s head.
Mackey’s accomplices fled the scene as he hit the pavement, taking his last few breaths. He died at the scene.
Mackey had a completed a month long house arrest sentence Feb. 6, 2013 for an alleged robbery, CBS Chicago reports. Mackey had a lengthy juvenile arrest record that also included assault and cannabis possession.
Mackey’s mentor Carlos Estes told CBS Chicago the youth was expelled from high school. He was looking to get the troubled teen enrolled in an alternative school.
“Had a lot to do with peer pressure and wanting to be a part of and belonging to a group of individuals,” Estes said.
Deonta Mackey’s Accomplices, Devante Graham & Emannuel Jackson, Charged With Murder In Foiled Robbery Attempt Of Off-Duty Cop
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