Two men accused of killing a North Little Rock teenager in a shooting two years ago have pleaded guilty to participating in the slaying.
Da’Unta Montell Patrick Young, 17, was killed by a masked man with a shotgun in an ambush on Feb. 12, 2015.
Defendants Michael Lamont Perkins and Jeremy Lawrence Clingmon were arrested about eight months later while in federal custody on unrelated drug and gun charges.
Perkins, 29, pleaded guilty Thursday to second-degree murder, reduced from capital murder, in exchange for a 15-year sentence, deputy prosecutor Scott Duncan said on Friday.
Perkins’ plea came about a week after Clingmon, 29, also pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, reduced from capital murder, in exchange for a 25-year sentence.
The men’s sentences will run concurrently with the federal prison time the North Little Rock men are already serving for gun charges stemming from a high-speed chase with Arkansas State Police in North Little Rock.
That chase occurred about a month before Young was killed. The 17-year-old was shot to death as he sat behind the wheel of his silver 2004 Nissan Altima on Whyte Drive in North Little Rock.
Duncan said Clingmon and Perkins had persuaded another man to approach Young to buy marijuana from the teen. Young was shot in the chest after he rolled down his car window to talk to the man.
Derrick Thompson, 20, of North Little Rock and Young’s brother, 21-year-old Roderick Paul Fondren, were also in the car with him.
Young was killed instantly, and Fondren was wounded but managed to drive the car around the corner to get away from the killer, the prosecutor said.
Their murder sentences will run concurrently with the seven-year federal sentences each received after pleading guilty last year to possession of a firearm in the furtherance of a