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Guilty Pleas In Bus Stop Murder
It took three years for two men to be charged in the killing of a popular 15 year old. In that time his mother became an activist against gun violence. Today she was in court when one of the men pleaded guilty in her sons death. Antwan Nelson and Racheon Brown were looking for someone to rob that July day in 2009.
But Mark Hooten didnt have anything worth taking. When he turned his back to walk away, Brown shot him. Both men ran off.
Nelson pleaded guilty to being part of the crime today. Marks mother reflected in court about that day. Yvette Hooten said it was the first time she let her son take a bus. He was going to a job training program. She always drove him places and picked him up. Yvette said that day he wanted to take the bus. She said ok, and he never came home.
Nelson apologized and said even though the Hooten family cant forgive him, he wants to come home from prison a better man and raise his son. I want to tell my mama I love her, Nelson said. In the end all you have is family.
Yevette Hooten told Nelson to do his time and come out a better person and citizen. That would be like Mark was. She is still getting letters from colleges trying to recruit the basketball player. Hooten was hardworking, active in church and sang in the choir. He had dreams. Everyone believes he would have made them come true.
Shooter Racheon Brown has agreed to plead guilty to the crime, too. An 18 year prison sentence has already been worked out.