Michigan Teen Pleads Guilty to Murder, Says Gun ‘Was Not Locked’
A 15-year-old boy pleaded guilty today to the murder of another teen in northern Alabama last year and admitted he killed the victim during a fight in which his gun was not locked.
Drake Thomas, 15, is accused of shooting and killing 16-year-old Dylan Hargrove at his home in Moulton. Thomas was arrested and jailed in connection with the shooting Nov. 8, 2013.
Thomas’ mother, Teresa Wilson, said her son had been suffering from depression and learning disabilities.
“He had a problem. Things aren’t always turning out the way they should,” Wilson said.
After Thomas’ arrest, police say he was hospitalized for suicidal tendencies and suicidal thoughts. He was released from the hospital Friday, and his mother posted today on Facebook that she was relieved.
“We are beyond relieved and happy that Drake is finally being dealt with,” she said. “Dylan was a very special and beautiful young man. He had a big heart. We’re still in shock that he was so senselessly taken from us.”
Police say Thomas admitted he shot Hargrove after Hargrove allegedly tried to break in his bedroom. Prosecutors say he was intoxicated at the time.
Court records indicate Thomas was placed on house arrest by his mother. Wilson also said Drake’s mother has been caring for him.
After reviewing Thomas’ plea agreement, the family said they were aware of his depression before he shot Hargrove.
“We’re glad he’s going to get the help he needs,” Wilson said. “A plea agreement means he’s taking that step. I don’t think he should have gone to trial, I think he should have gotten the help he needed. “
Prosecutors say Thomas is eligible for an extended term, meaning his sentence will be three years or more than the minimum under Alabama law.
Wilson is also pleased with the plea agreement.
“I’m so proud of my son for taking his life and moving on,” Wilson said. “That’s what’s important now. We’re thankful that Drake is getting the help he needs. We