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Teen admits involvement in Kendrec McDade shooting

In this undated family photo, Kendrec McDade, then a high school student, is seen wearing his Aztecs Football team uniform. McDade was shot by police after being chased and making a move, reaching toward his waistband, according to police.
In this undated family photo, Kendrec McDade, then a high school student, is seen wearing his Aztecs Football team uniform. McDade was shot by police after being chased and making a move, reaching toward his waistband, according to police. McDade Family File Photo

A 17-year-old boy has admitted to his involvement in the burglary and theft that led to the fatal police shooting of unarmed 19-year-old Kendrec McDade in March by Pasadena police

The teen appeared in Pasadena Juvenile Court on Tuesday and was sentenced to six months in a camp community placement probation program. He faced two felony counts of commercial burglary, one felony count of grand theft, and one misdemeanor count of failing to register as a gang member, according to Deputy District Attorney Anna Phillips.

Because of his age, the name of the minor was not released. The prosecution dropped its initial request for a hearing to determine if the boy would be tried as a juvenile.

McDade was shot by Pasadena police during a pursuit after a laptop was allegedly stolen from a car at Arturo’s Tacos. The owner of the car called authorities saying he was robbed at gunpoint by two men. Officers, reportedly believing McDade was armed, opened fire when he made a motion to his waistband.

Pasadena police say they have evidence showing the minor stealing from the car and showing McDade as the lookout. But police have not released that evidence.

The McDade family attorney denies Kendrec was ever involved in any crime the night he died and is suing the city for wrongful death.

 

Lisa Brenner can be reached via Twitter @lisa_brenner

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