Teen pleads guilty to high school senior's murder

17-year-old Ethan Torres pleads guilty in the death of a high school senior from Virginia Beach

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) -- A teenager pleaded guilty to the shooting death of a Kempsville High School senior on Monday morning.

17-year-old Ethan Torres pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, robbery, and use of a firearm in commission of a felony in connection with the January shooting death of 18-year-old Sidea Lashae Griffin.

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The Virginia Beach Commonwealth's Attorney said on January 14, Griffin was on a date with her boyfriend, Freddy Pilataxi, the night of the shooting. On the way to the movies, Pilataxi stopped to sell marijuana to Torres.

Torres tried to rob Pilataxi and shot into Pilataxi's car as the couple drove off. The bullet hit Griffin in the back and was driven to Sentara Princess Anne Hospital.  She died from her injuries a short time later.

Detectives were later able to identify Torres as the shooter and took him into custody.

Torres' attorney James Broccoletti sent 13NewsNow this statement: 

"He pled guilty and accepted responsibility for his actions. He in no way intended to hurt or to harm anybody. It was extraordinarily unfortunate and extremely tragic, which is why he displayed such great remorse to police at the time he gave his statement and it's why he pled guilty to the charges today."

Sentencing is scheduled for March 19, 2018 and Torres could face more than 50 years behind bars.

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