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.

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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.

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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.

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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.