Teen Accepts Plea Deal in Fatal School Bus Shooting

By Claudia DoCampo
|  Wednesday, Jun 11, 2014  |  Updated 5:01 AM EDT
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A teen pleaded guilty to charges after he accidentally shot and killed a classmate on a school bus in 2012.

A teen pleaded guilty to charges after he accidentally shot and killed a classmate on a school bus in 2012.

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Victim Played With Gun Before Homestead School Bus Shooting: Witness

A 13-year-old boy told a detective in a sworn statement that Lourdes Guzman-DeJesus played with the gun and pointed it at people, before she was shot by Jordyn Howe. Other court documents and photos provided more insight into what happened inside the school bus where Guzman-DeJesus, 13, was fatally shot in November. Howe, 15, has pleaded not guilty to several charges.

Evidence Released in Fatal Homestead School Bus Shooting

Crime scene photos and sworn statements are revealed in the fatal Homestead school bus shooting. Documents show Lourdes Guzman-DeJesus held the gun she was shot with. Jordyn Howe is charged in her death.
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The teen charged in the fatal shooting of a girl on a Homestead school bus will spend a year in a residential juvenile program after accepting a plea deal Tuesday.

Jordyn Howe, 16, will begin his sentence at the facility in Avon Park in about 30 days, once there's room. A judge has also ordered him to perform extensive community service, including going to schools and talking about gun violence. He'll also be under the court's jurisdiction until he turns 21.

During the plea hearing Tuesday, Howe and the mother of 13-year-old Lourdes Jina Guzman-DeJesus hugged and cried together. Ady DeJesus said she forgave Jordyn for what happened.

“I’m just happy he understands what he did,” Ady said.

The hug even caught Judge Ellen Venzer off guard. “I could never have imagined the victim’s mother embrace her child’s killer,” Judge Venzer said.

Howe had been charged with manslaughter with a deadly weapon, carrying a concealed firearm and unlawful possession of a firearm by a minor in the November 2012 shooting that killed Guzman-DeJesus.

Police said the teens were on their way to school on the private bus when the boy took the firearm out of his backpack and displayed it. The gun went off, hitting Guzman-DeJesus as the bus was in the area of Southwest 296th Street and Southwest 137th Avenue.

Guzman-DeJesus, a student at Palm Glades Preparatory Academy, was taken to Miami Children's Hospital, where she later died.

When asked by Judge Venzer if there’s anything he wanted to say to Miss DeJesus, Jordyn replied, “That I’m sorry for her loss and I apologize for doing what I did.”

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