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One teen pleads guilty, while another is convicted of attempted armed robbery and assault in Louisa County. Both were charged as adults.
A jury convicted Kyle McKeown, 16, Thursday evening. After learning of McKeown's conviction, the Commonwealth's Attorney says Melik Perkins, 16, changed his plea to guilty on Friday morning.
On April 9, 2012 the two came upon three teenagers hanging out in a parking lot. The attackers jumped out of their vehicle wearing bandannas and armed with hand guns. They demanded money from the victims. McKeown hit the first victim knocking him unconscious and hit the second victim in the face with his gun. That victim was able to fight back and got a hold of McKeown. Perkins, who also had a gun, ordered the victim to let McKeown go.
Based on a tip, Louisa County detectives caught the two the next day. The sheriff's office later recovered the two weapons, which were air soft pistols.
During his interview with detectives, McKowen bragged about being part of a street gang in Greensboro, NC. He indicated he and Melik wanted to form their own gang in Louisa.
Both men face up to 51 years in prison. They will be sentenced on January 7, 2013.