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18-year-old pleads guilty in 2014 Virginia Beach murder

Posted at 2:43 PM, Sep 28, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-28 18:48:49-04

Virginia Beach, Va. - An 18-year-old Virginia Beach man pleaded guilty to Involuntary Manslaughter and Reckless Handling of a Firearm Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury in court on Monday for the December 2014 death of Mariano Lacerna.

Court documents say the night of December 2nd, Lacerna was at his home with King and another person. They were all sitting around the kitchen table drinking alcohol and talking. During this time, the three were witnessed playing with a gun, removing the magazine and bullets.

At some point, documents say King and Lacerna started to argue.

A witness heard heard Lacerna say “What are you going to do, shoot me,” to King.

King reportedly then picked up the gun, pointed it at Lacerna and pulled the trigger.

Lacerna was shot in the chest causing major internal injuries. He died at the residence.

King fled the home but was later taken into custody. Court documents say he made statements to another juvenile while at the Juvenile Detention Center, explaining that he did not think the gun was loaded when he picked it up and pointed it at Lacerna.

NewsChannel 3 spoke to  Lacerna's widow who says that King has never apologized or shown remorse.

She's also never been able to hear him explain what happened.

Both King and another witness say they did not think the gun was actually loaded when King pointed it at Larcena.

Larcena's widow says her life has drastically changed. Not only did she lose her husband of eight years. Her 7-year-old daughter who was home when her father was shot is now living in the Philippines.

She says now that her husband is gone, she does not have anyone who can watch her while she works.

Though she was hoping for a harsher charge, she says she's hoping King will at least get the maximum when he's sentenced.

King's sentencing is scheduled for January 6th.

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