Public Safety

17-year-old faces 10 years in prison for shooting another teen last year

Sentencing Aug. 14#xa0;

CEDAR RAPIDS — A 17-year-old pleaded guilty Friday in Linn County District Court to amended charges in the shooting of a 14-year-old boy at a laundromat last year.

Malachi Handley, 16 at the time, originally charged with attempted murder, pleaded guilty to willful injury causing serious injury, willful injury causing bodily injury and going armed with intent, all felonies and carrying a concealed weapon, an aggravated misdemeanor.

Handley, during the hearing Friday, admitted to shooting the 14-year-old boy March 11, 2017 as the boy was leaving the Maytag Laundromat, 220 16th St. NE, according to the plea agreement. He also admitted to having a gun.  

A criminal complaint shows a security surveillance video and witnesses identified Handley as firing several shots at the boy, who had gunshot wounds to his back and right leg. Several people were inside the laundromat at the time but no others were injured, according to the complaint.

Testimony during a previous hearing shows witnesses also told police there was an ongoing conflict between the 14-year-old and Handley before the shooting.

Two other teens, both 15-years-old at the time, were also charged in this shooting but those charges went through Juvenile Court.  

6th Judicial District Judge Mary Chicchelly, during a previous ruling regarding Handley being charged in adult court, detailed Handley’s previous juvenile delinquencies — convictions — starting in 2015 of assault with bodily injury and two more offenses in 2016. In one incident, he was fighting with others during a festival and became “combative” with police officers as they attempted to restrain him. One officer was injured by him.

In February, Handley was at a Jefferson High School basketball game, waving a gun around in the parking lot as students and others were leaving, according to her ruling.

Handley faces up to 22 years in prison but according to the plea agreement the prosecution will ask the judge to run all charges concurrently for a total of 10 years in prison.

Sentencing is set for Aug. 14. 

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