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Man pleads guilty to 2018 murder of Hamilton eighth-grader

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Posted at 6:19 PM, Mar 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-07 18:19:51-05

HAMILTON, Ohio — Nineteen-year-old Miquan Hubbard pleaded guilty Thursday to the murder of Jaraius Gilbert Jr., a 13-year-old boy who was shot and killed Aug. 29, 2018.

Gilbert had been an eighth-grade student at Wilson Middle School.

According to prosecutors, Hubbard conspired with another teenager to kill Gilbert.

"They knew who they were targeting," Hamilton Police Department chief Craig Bucheit said the night of the shooting, before either suspect had been arrested. "This is contained, in my opinion, to a relatively small handful of people." 

The alleged co-conspirator, 18-year-old Kameron Tunstall, faces charges of murder and felonious assault. Hubbard had been charged with the latter as well, but the charge was dropped in exchange for his guilty plea.

Hubbard could be sentenced to between 16 years to life in prison.