Teen pleads guilty in Fitchburg fatal shooting

Teen pleads guilty in Fitchburg fatal shooting
Dane County Sheriff's Office
Gary Mays, Travon Jackson, Joshua McInnis

An 18-year-old man has pleaded guilty to fatally shooting a Fort Atkinson man in the parking lot of a Fitchburg apartment building last March.

Joshua McInnis was convicted of first-degree reckless homicide Tuesday in a deal with prosecutors. Charges of first-degree intentional homicide and armed robbery, as well as a child abuse charge from another case were dismissed.

McInnis was 17 when he shot and killed 20-year-old Julian Patterson outside the New Fountains Apartments. Police said McInnis, Travon Jackson and Gary Mays robbed the victim and his girlfriend of some marijuana.

Fitchburg police said Patterson was with his girlfriend on Anton Drive for a drug deal when a fight broke out.

Jackson pleaded guilty to charges in July and was sentenced to five years in prison. Mays is scheduled for trial next month.

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