Derrys Sanders Jr. pleads guilty to first-degree murder

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Derrys Sanders Jr. pleaded guilty on Friday to first-degree murder for the shooting death of Jacob Pushinsky.

Sanders, who was 14 at the time, fatally shot Jacob Pushinsky while attempting to steal Pushinsky’s bicycle in the 200 block of East Eighth Street. 

All other charges were dropped for the first-degree murder plea. Sanders was charged with aggravated assault reckless endangerment and firearms charges.

Sanders could face up to life in prison with a minimum sentence of 25 years. 

Sentencing for Sanders is set for Oct. 14 in front of Judge Shad Connelly.

Pushinsky’s mother broke into tears while speaking with JET 24 Action News, saying no amount of time he serves will take the pain away.

The family was hoping to avoid a trial to save Pushinsky’s 15-year-old brother Zach from reliving the traumatic day.
 

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