Plea hearings are scheduled April 23 for two Rock Island men charged in connection with the April 2016 shooting death of 15-year-old Jescie J. Armstrong.
Kire G. Carr, 19, and Trey Gustafson, 20, are also scheduled to be sentenced that day, according to online court records.
Rock Island County State’s Attorney John McGehee on Thursday said he could not comment on the plea negotiations.
Carr is charged with four counts of first-degree murder and Gustafson is charged with one count of first-degree murder in Armstrong’s death.
Rock Island police were dispatched just before 2 p.m. April 27, 2016, to the 500 block of 20th Avenue after receiving a report of shots fired inside a home.
Officers found Armstrong with a gunshot wound to the head. He later died at Trinity Rock Island.
Prosecutors say that Carr, Gustafson and co-defendant Chelsea M. Raker went to Armstrong’s house that day to buy about $150 worth of marijuana.
Gustafson went into a separate room of the home and could not provide an eyewitness account of the shooting, according to prosecutors.
During the drug deal, Carr pulled a handgun from inside his clothing, thereby threatening the imminent use of force to take the marijuana without paying, according to prosecutors.
A physical fight ensued between Carr and Armstrong and they went to the floor. Raker was standing next to where the two were fighting, according to prosecutors.
Armstrong's brother, Mark Snyder, was also at the house at the time of the shooting and was in close proximity to the fight.
He could not provide an eyewitness account of whether it was Raker or Carr who shot his brother, which created reasonable doubt as to who was the actual shooter, according to prosecutors.
Carr later provided a statement that Raker had a separate firearm from him and that she fired it during the robbery. After the shooting, Raker, Carr and Gustafson left the home with the marijuana, according to prosecutors.
Raker, Carr and his teen friend drove to an apartment in Columbus, Ohio, where they were located the following day, according to prosecutors.
In August, Carr agreed to testify against Raker at her trial and plead guilty to felony murder in exchange for a 20-year prison sentence. He will have to serve 100 percent of the sentence.
Raker, 23, pleaded guilty to armed robbery, a Class X felony, in October and was sentenced last month to 40 years in prison.
Her attorneys on Tuesday filed a motion to reopen evidence, reconsider sentence and correct sentence. The motion will be heard March 2, according to court records.