Plea deal reached in Richmond Christmas Day homicide

Antwoine Mealey (Source: Richmond Police)
Antwoine Mealey (Source: Richmond Police)

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A plea deal has been reached in an East Richmond Christmas Day homicide.

Originally charged with first degree murder, prosecutor Kirk Conway now tells us Antwoine Mealey pleaded guilty to second degree murder. As part of the deal Mealey will serve six years behind bars and prosecutors decided not to go forward with the gun charges the 23-year-old was also facing.

Family members of Adam El, 25, say he was gunned down just after noon on Christmas Day on Old Nicholson Street, near Rocketts Landing. We are told El was shot seven times. Police say they believe the shooting stemmed from an argument over a dog.

"The killing of Adam El was a tragic incident, which was made worse by the fact that it very easily could have been avoided," Conway said. "

If a plea deal had not been reached, the case was scheduled to go to trial next week.

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