Plea agreement in 2013 murder of 16-year-old

A mug shot of Juan Chavarria.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A man has entered in to a plea deal in the 2013 murder of a 16-year-old in Grand Rapids.

Tuesday, Juan Chavarria, 19, pleaded no contest to second-degree murder and felony firearm.

Luis Gonzalez, who was killed in a drive-by shooting in August 2013 in Grand Rapids' southwest side.
(An undated courtesy photo of Luis Gonzalez.)

Chavarria was charged in August 2014 with the murder of 16-year-old Luiz Gonzalez. Gonzalez, a junior at Union High School, was killed in a drive-by shooting on Coate Court SW near Grandville Avenue on Aug. 24, 2013. Grand Rapids police initially said he was not the intended target.

Chavarria was initially charged with perjury in connection to the murder.

As part of a plea agreement, the county prosecutor’s office will recommend a minimum sentence of between 15 and 20 years on the murder charge. Prosecutors also agreed to dismiss the perjury charge.

A no contest plea is not an admission of guilt, but is treated as one during sentencing, which is scheduled for Feb. 10.

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