CROWN POINT — An East Chicago teen accused of fatally shooting an 11-year-old boy is likely to accept a plea agreement later this week, attorneys said.

Sherquell D. Magee, 18, was facing a Tuesday deadline to decide whether to plead guilty to a reduced charge of voluntary manslaughter or proceed to trial on a murder charge.

Defense attorney John Cantrell and Lake County Deputy Prosecutor Christopher Bruno said they had agreed to a brief continuance.

Lake Criminal Court Judge Samuel Cappas set a hearing for Friday.

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According to court records, Magee tried to shoot a 14-year-old boy during a fight May 5, 2018, at Nunez Park in East Chicago. The 14-year-old ducked, and the bullet struck 11-year-old David Anderson in the head.

If Magee pleads guilty to voluntary manslaughter, he would face 20 to 50 years in prison. He could face a longer prison sentence if convicted of murder at trial.

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