Teen in attempted murder case pleads guilty to a lesser charge

Keo Mike | Attorneys Alavi, Bird, Pozzuto

 Keo Mike, now 16, was initially charged with attempted murder with a firearm for an incident that took place on the corner of Southwest Third Street and Southwest 13th Avenue in January 2008, when he was 15.

Keo Mike, now 16, was initially charged with attempted murder with a firearm for an incident that took place on the corner of Southwest Third Street and Southwest 13th Avenue in January 2008, when he was 15.
Police say he confronted a 13-year-old acquaintance about a past argument. When the younger boy said he didn’t want to fight, Mike allegedly told him, “I’m not going to fight you, I’m going to shoot you.“
He drew a gun and pulled the trigger several times, but the gun misfired, according to police.
The defendant later fled, but police found and arrested him in April 2008.
On Thursday, Circuit Judge Willard Pope accepted Mike’s guilty plea to a lesser charge of aggravated assault with a firearm and ordered he serve the minimum mandatory sentence of three years in the Department of Corrections, with 402 days of jail credit time served.
Mike has been held at the Marion County Jail in a separate unit for inmates under the age of 18.
According to Mike’s defense attorney, Christine Bird, the state had little information to proceed with the first-degree felony charge, plus the alleged victim didn’t raise a strong objection to the lesser sentence.