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DA: Northern California teen admits fault in shooting death of 13-year-old friend

DA: Northern California teen admits fault in shooting death of 13-year-old friend

OROVILLE — The teenager who accidentally shot and killed a fellow teen in a car in Oroville earlier this year allegedly admitted guilt and will be sentenced in September.

A press release provided on Friday by Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey said the 16-year-old, whose name has been withheld as he is a minor, was in a vehicle with an unnamed 14-year-old and 13-year-old Amadeus Miller-Ramos, all of whom were handling a semi-automatic handgun. The 16-year-old, sitting in the back seat, fired the gun and struck Miller-Ramos in the back, ultimately killing him.

Miller-Ramos’s body was placed in a Thermalito field near 18th Street and Thermalito Avenue. The release said the other two boys provided inconsistent stories to law enforcement during the investigation after the body was found.

Ramsey said the handgun had been stolen from a different vehicle a day before the shooting occurred. The 16-year-old told investigators that he didn’t know the gun was loaded at the time of the shooting.

“This case is a sad reminder to all of us that firearms are dangerous and should always be handled with care,” Ramsey said. “Gun owners should make sure their weapons are stored safely to ensure that minors do not have easy access to them.”

The shooter is set to appear in court again at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 13, 2023 for sentencing. He is currently in the Butte County Juvenile Hall.