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Two cousins reach plea deal in shooting death of Madison man

Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Two cousins have pleaded no contest to reduced charges in the shooting death of a 20-year-old man from Madison.

John and Jimmie Leuaxay were among 7 people charged in Dane County Circuit Court for the killing of Jonathan Wilson just over 13 months ago. Both are 19, and they struck plea deals which convicted them of second-degree reckless endangerment instead of first-degree intentional homicide.

The deal calls for two-year prison terms for each defendant, plus four years of extended supervision. But the judge can order different terms at the sentencing, which is tentatively set for January 25th.

According to court records, neither defendant was directly involved in Wilson’s death – but they and several others had been looking for people who caused a related beating incident a short time before the shooting.

Four other defendants are scheduled to stand trial next May, and another man is due to go on trial next June.