CANTON -- An aspiring rapper who prosecutors say was a leader of the most violent street gangs in the city has avoided facing a murder charge in the shooting death of a teenager after agreeing to plead guilty to other charges.
In a tense and emotional court hearing on Friday, 20-year-old Lamuel Flowers pleaded guilty to complicity to felonious assault, participating in a criminal gang, and gun and gang specifications.
In exchange, prosecutors dropped charges of murder and felonious assault.
The Canton Repository reports that Flowers cursed at the judge in the case after being sentenced to 15 years in prison.
The charges stemmed from the April 2012 killing of 17-year-old Anthony Moore, Jr.
Flowers' attorney says his client is innocent of the killing.
The Associated Press