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Two of three Pinellas teens plead guilty in killing of SPC student

Second teen pleads guilty in killing

More than a year after three teenagers were accused of fatally beating a college student in St. Petersburg, two of the three have now pleaded guilty.

Authorities say the three lured Jeremy Mayers to the Coquina Key neighborhood to rob him. Once there, he was beaten with a shotgun. Mayers, 20, worked at a Sweetbay Supermarket and was studying music and business at St. Petersburg College.

All three teenagers were charged as adults. Brittany Detwiler, who was 16 at the time of the crime and is 18 now, pleaded guilty this week to second-degree murder and will be sentenced later. Scionti Hill, who also was 16 at the time, previously pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 35 years in prison.

The youngest of the three is Franco Harris Thomas, who was 14 at the time and is now 16. He is scheduled to go on trial for first-degree murder later this month.

Times staff

Two of three Pinellas teens plead guilty in killing of SPC student 02/05/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 11:14pm]
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