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Prosecutors work on plea deal for teens charged with murder in death of 15-year-old killed on porch

The teens have multiple other cases against them, according to information obtained during the DC court hearing.

WASHINGTON — Prosecutors are currently working on a plea deal after a 13 and 15-year-old were charged with murder in the shooting death of another 15-year-old in Northeast, D.C., WUSA9 learned in a court hearing Tuesday. 

The violent shooting that left Andre Robertson dead on his great-grandmother's porch has led to both young teens facing charges of first-degree murder while armed. Both suspects and the victims are all from the same area in Northeast.

The shooting took place after the two young teens got out of a stolen gold sedan on Oct. 13 in the 500 block of 48th Place, according to D.C. police. The shooters opened fire as a school bus was letting other kids out across the street. Robertson was taken to a local hospital where life-saving efforts failed and he was pronounced dead.

It is currently unclear what kind of bargain juvenile prosecutors might offer the teen pair. Ultimately, the DC Attorney General will have to sign off on the deal and lawyers for the 13-year-old and the 15-year-old will have to accept it.

The teens face other serious charges in separate cases, but those details remain sealed. WUSA9 agreed to withhold the names of the two boys as a precondition for attending Tuesday's hearing. WUSA9 does not typically name juveniles not being charged as adults in crime coverage. 

Both teens are currently being held at the D.C. Youth Services Center in Northeast and receiving therapy. The teens will currently remain detained, the judge presiding over the hearing ruled, although defense attorneys argued the teens should be moved to a new facility in the interest of their safety.

The facility is a detention center for male and female youth, responsible for the care and custody of young people placed in secure detention by court order from the DC Superior Court Family Court Division. 

The center is an 88-bed secure facility, and provides 24-hour care, custody, and supervision in a "safe and secure environment," according to District government. The center also includes medical and behavioral health professionals to assist those detained, along with treatment specialists, Juvenile Justice Institutional Counselors and administrative staff.

"I'm angry, angry as hell, that another coward took my grandson," Robertson's grandmother, Trealetha Robertson, said just hours after his death. "Some coward came through here and murdered my little grandson for no reason."

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