First defendant pleads guilty in shooting of Demarius Reed
The case of murdered Eastern Michigan University football player Demarius Reed took a new twist Friday morning when one of the accused men, Kristopher Pratt, 20 of Detroit, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.
According to Judge Donald Shelton’s office, because of Pratt’s confession, all other crimes against him will be dropped upon sentencing. The terms of the plea deal include a prison term of 18 to 30 years. Pratt has agreed to testify against his co-defendant, 21-year old Ed Jameal Thomas.
The trial against Thomas will begin on Monday, July 21. Thomas could also accept a plea deal before the trial begins.
According to MLive, Pratt said he and Thomas followed Reed into his apartment with the intention of robbing him. When Reed resisted, Pratt shot him twice with a Heckler & Koch hand gun.
Several weeks after Reed’s death, Pratt was also involved in a robbery in Harper Woods. According to the police, the same gun was used in both crimes.
Pratt is currently serving jail time for the Harper Woods crime.