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Victim's family remains concerned after murder plea deal

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While the suspect in the shooting of 5-year-old Nizzel George has accepted a plea deal on a second-degree murder charge in the boy's death, family members tell FOX 9 News they still fear retaliation.

While 17-year-old Stephon Shannon was certified to stand trial as an adult, he will instead be sentenced to about 28 years behind bars after accepting the plea agreement -- and George's family said that means two lives are now lost.

While wearing a picture of her grandson on her chest and her heart on her sleeve, Rochelle Osagiede left the Hennepin County Government Center in tears after the plea deal was accepted.

"Every time I step in this courtroom, I can actually see it over and over again," she told FOX 9 News. "I can hear the gunshots. I can see it."

Prosecutors say Shannon admitted shooting into the home although he couldn't see people inside, but he also said he did not intend to hit the slumbering child.

George was sleeping on Osagiede's couch when he was struck and killed by a bullet last June after two teens opened fire on the house in what authorities described as a gang-related retaliation.

Officials ordered extra security in the courtroom to prevent any further violence, but George's family says the fear of retribution follows them home -- and they aren't sure the resolution will stop the violence in their neighborhood.

"I just wish it would stop," said Osagiede. "It's got to stop. It's not right."

On Tuesday, Shannon will be sentenced and the three other charges against him will be dropped. The other teen arrested in the shooting is only 15 years old, but he is in the process of being certified to stand trial as an adult.

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