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Co-Defendant Gets Deal For Testimony In Bus Stop Shooting

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WWJ Photo/Florence Walton

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A co-defendant in the June 2009 bus stop shootings of seven people, many of them students, has been scheduled for sentencing after reaching a plea deal with the Wayne County prosecutor.

The defendant, 19-year-old Jeffery Brooks apparently changed his mind, agreeing now to testifying against another man accused in the shooting.  WWJ’s Florence Walton reports that Brooks had a hard time making up his mind, but was eventually convinced by his mother and his attorney to agree to the deal.

The attack occurred June 30, 2009 near Cody Ninth Grade Academy. Surveillance footage from a gas station showed two men shooting at a group of people at the bus stop.

Five of those wounded were students at the academy.

If Brooks testifies at a preliminary examination for his co-defendant, 20-year-old Demitrius Hinton, he could receive a sentence of 13 to 15 years in prison on a lesser charge.

At the time he was charged in this case, Hinton was already jailed awaiting trail in an Aug. 11, 2009 robbery that left one man dead and another wounded.

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