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* Derrice Tray Lewis, 17 And Donovan Pierre, 24 Plead No Contest To Napa Murder Of 16-Year-Old Jesus Tornero Sept. 08

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Two suspects charged with killing a 16-year-old boy and stealing his cell phone and $10 last year pleaded no contest to murder charges Tuesday afternoon in Napa County Superior Court.Derrice Tray Lewis, 17, pleaded no contest to the first-degree murder of 16-year-old Jesus Tornero on Sept. 22. He faces 25 years to life in prison, Deputy District Attorney Bryan Tong said.Donovan Pierre, 24, pleaded no contest to second-degree murder and faces a 15-years-to-life term, Tong said. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 19 before Judge Raymond Gaudagni.Tong and Chief Deputy District Attorney John Goold said Lewis was considered more culpable than Pierre in the murder. A second-degree robbery charge against both defendants will be dropped as part of the plea agreement.”We felt the plea was appropriate. Both got life terms. I think we would have gotten the same result after a trial,” Goold said.Lewis’ attorney, Deputy Public Defender Allison Wilensky and Pierre’s attorney Michael Keeley were not available for comment this morning.The defendants confronted Tornero as he walked home in the 2300 block of Louisa Street in central Napa around 9:10 p.m. Napa police said the suspects assaulted Tornero and took $10 and a cell phone from him. Tornero was taken to Queen of the Valley Medical Center and was pronounced dead around 10 p.m. An autopsy determined he died of blunt force trauma to the head.An informant identified Pierre and Lewis as the suspects. Police contacted Lewis at school and later arrested Pierre. Both suspects lived in an apartment in the 700 block of Lincoln Avenue in Napa.Goold said Pierre and Lewis will not be eligible for parole until they have served 15 and 25 years respectively in prison. He said Tornero’s family is satisfied with the plea agreement and disposition of the case. Copyright © 2009 by Bay City News, Inc. — Republication, Rebroadcast or any other Reuse without the express written consent of Bay City News, Inc. is prohibited.

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