Potential plea deal for 15-year-old crime spree suspect collapses

Prosecutors still hope to try suspect as adult

INDIANAPOLIS - There will not be a plea bargain for a 15-year-old accused in a deadly crime spree, but prosecutors will try to have the suspect waived to adult court.

Sirquain Burr, 17, is already charged as an adult in the February shootings -- one fatal -- and high-speed chase that ended with a crash in Brownsburg. According to court documents, the 15-year-old was the driver of the vehicle and an accomplice in those crimes.

"The facts of the case are of a serious nature, factored with the age of the defendant, I think it is appropriate for a waiver to be considered and for him potentially face trial in adult court for the actions alleged to have been committed in this case," said Deputy Prosecutor Greg Spencer.

A plea bargain was being considered for the juvenile suspect, but some victims of the February crime spree voiced their concerns, and the prosecutor's office responded.

Rex Souter, who was shot during the crime spree, sent a letter to prosecutors asking them not to cut a deal with the 15-year-old. 

"There were certainly concerns from the victims," Spencer said. "As the representatives of the people of the state of Indiana, we take those concerns very seriously. Those concerns are listened to. Decisions are made on the facts and evidence of the case itself."

The adult waiver hearing will resume June 17 and is expected to last two days. The 15-year-old remains in custody at the Juvenile Detention Center, and Burr is being held at the Marion County Jail.
 

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