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Teenager pleads guilty to murder of 15-year-old friend

January 25, 2019

FORT EDWARD, N.Y. (AP) — A 16-year-old has admitted he killed his 15-year-old friend in an Adirondack home.

Adrian Sawyer pleaded guilty to a second-degree murder charge Thursday at Washington County Court. The Post-Star of Glens Falls reports lawyers say despite the guilty plea, the motivation for the slaying of Maverick Bowman will likely never be known.

Sawyer agreed to serve 20-years-to-life in state prison for the death. An arson charge that was filed in connection with a fire Sawyer allegedly set in the home after he killed Bowman will be dropped as part of the plea deal.

The judge did not ask Sawyer to go into detail about how Bowman’s death occurred. Both Sawyer’s lawyer and the prosecution say it appears Sawyer was unable to say why he killed his friend.

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