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Potts pleads no contest to lesser murder charge

A 30-year-old suspect in a Grand Chute murder changed his plea late in his trial.

Michael Potts of Milwaukee entered a no contest plea to a lesser charge of first-degree reckless homicide for the 2008 death of Artheddius "Pierre" Peeler. Potts was on trial for a second time because an Outagamie County judge threw out an earlier conviction, a couple of years ago.

Peeler was from Minnesota, and he was in town to celebrate his 23rd birthday.

Outagamie County District Attorney Carrie Schneider says Peeler's family always wanted to make sure the shooter was held accountable, and now they can have some peace.

Court records say there was an argument about noise, in the parking lot of an apartment complex, when he was shot.

29-year-old Keith Birr of Neenah admitted that he gave Potts the gun. Birr is serving a five-year prison sentence for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

posted : March, 28th by WHBY

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