Two of the three men involved in a June 25 incident during which a 14-year-old boy was shot in the head pleaded guilty to reduced charges Tuesday in Stafford Circuit Court.

Karsten J. Lea, 25, and Ibn Ojrea Hatcher, 27, were both ordered to serve a year in custody. Both have already spent considerable time in jail, so both should be released in well under a year.

The boy was shot four times during an altercation that erupted in the 300 block of Knollwood Court off Mine Road in North Stafford. Two of the shots struck the boy in the head; he miraculously survived but is still suffering from various ailments as a result.

According to the evidence, Lea, Hatcher and Corie Byrd went to the residence that day to confront someone other than the boy. Police received several different stories regarding what the dispute was about.

The boy was on the stairs as one of the intruders pointed a gun at someone else. The boy, who did not live at the residence, shot Hatcher in the back before someone returned fire.

Lea plead guilty Tuesday to a probation violation and being an accessory after the fact. He was sentenced to a total of 18 months in jail with six months suspended.

Because the accessory charge is a misdemeanor, Lea will likely only serve half—or three months—of that sentence.

Hatcher pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm as a felon and got five years, with four years suspended. He had been acquitted of more serious charges, including aggravated malicious wounding and attempted murder, following a trial earlier this year.

Similar serious charges against Lea were also dropped Tuesday.

Byrd, 28, pleaded guilty last month to possessing a firearm as a felon and shooting in the commission of a felony and was ordered to serve two years in prison. As in the cases of his codefendants, more serious charges were dropped.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404

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