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RACINE — Two years after his arrest, a teen pleaded guilty Wednesday in the fatal shooting of his girlfriend.

Appearing in Racine County Circuit Court, 16-year-old Keller G. McQuay pleaded guilty to charges of first-degree reckless homicide, possession of a firearm by a felon, and possession of a short-barreled rifle.

A sentencing hearing in the case has been set for 3 p.m. on Feb. 26.

The homicide and weapons charges stem from a Sept. 10, 2015, incident in which McQuay allegedly shot his 14-year-old girlfriend, Vista Jackson. The shooting occurred in McQuay’s mother’s home in the 1000 block of Albert Street.

McQuay also entered guilty pleas Wednesday to charges of battery by prisoner and resisting and obstructing an officer.

The battery by prisoner charge stems from an Oct. 28 incident at the Racine Juvenile Detention Center, 1717 Taylor Ave., in which McQuay reportedly banged and kicked a door at the detention center, threw a cup of toilet water on two detention center workers, and spit in one of their faces, allegedly because he didn’t want to go to an early court appearance.

At a May 16 hearing, Edward Kirchner, a case manager for the Racine County Human Services Department, testified that McQuay should remain in adult court, noting that the teen’s behavior was escalating.

In 2010, at age 10, McQuay caused damage to a car by jumping on it, netting a criminal damage to property charge, Kirchner said. In 2013, McQuay was involved in a fight at school and was back in the juvenile system for disorderly conduct, he said.

Right afterward, McQuay faced two counts of first-degree sexual assault of a child for molesting a 7-year-old and 6-year-old, Kirchner said. The teen became a juvenile sex offender and was placed in a residential treatment center for about six months.



Alyssa Mauk covers breaking news and courts. She enjoys hanging out with her daughter, gaming on her XBOX One, comic books and heavy metal music.

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