Now, my sincere hope is to be sure that not another young life is cut down senselessly in an act of violence.A 17-year-old boy scheduled to stand trial today in the fatal shooting of Julian High School student Blair Holt on a CTA bus in May 2007 pleaded guilty today to two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated battery.Michael Pace, who was accused of pulling the trigger on the 16-year-old Holt, faces 45 years to life in prison for the murder charges and an additional 6 to 30 years for the aggravated battery charges, prosecutors said today.
On Monday, Holt's co-defendant, 17-year-old Kevin Jones, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. He was originally charged with first-degree murder and other charges. He was accused of a giving a .40-caliber handgun used in the slaying to Pace.
Holt was riding on a CTA bus near 103rd Street and Lowe Avenue when Pace, a reputed gang member, opened fire on a gang member with whom he had long feuded. Holt was killed as he used his body to shield a friend, authorities said. Four others were injured.
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