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February 21, 2014

Plea deal reached in girl’s shooting

SHARON — A New Castle boy accused of shooting a Sharon High sophomore at a garage party gone bad in July in Sharon had a host of charges in the case against him dropped.

Eliot Gentry Reed Jr., 16, pleaded guilty to one charge of aggravated assault and in return, prosecutors decided not to pursue charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault, carrying a firearm without a license and reckless endangerment.

Reed, charged as an adult, faces a maximum of 5 to 10 years in state prison.

The district attorney’s office said a problem arose when the victim’s mother sent the girl to stay with relatives in Virginia.

Attorneys argued about the case in late January alerting the judge to a “possible plea agreement.”

The incident leading up to the shooting started after midnight July 1 when two juveniles argued. The party spilled out onto Highland Road, between Euclid Avenue and Independence Court.

Reed allegedly pulled out a handgun, fired several shots in the air and two into the crowd, hitting the girl in the left arm.

The partygoers scattered, as two friends of the girl took her to the emergency room of Sharon Regional Health System, police said.

Her injuries were serious but not life threatening, police said.

As part of the investigation, police said they would look into charging people with other offenses, such as underage drinking.

No one else was ever charged.

Reed is awaiting sentencing.

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