Peoria teen to testify against co-defendant in 2012 murder trial

By WEEK Producer

July 11, 2013 Updated Jul 11, 2013 at 10:36 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- A Peoria teenager is headed to prison for 13 years.

As part of a plea deal, he will now testify against the alleged gunman in a 2012 murder.

Dionte Wells, 16, accepted the plea agreement in Peoria County Court on Thursday for aggravated battery, a Class X felony. He had faced charges of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder.

Last September, prosecutors say Wells and his friend Charles Smith, 16, of Peoria, were part of a group that approached two men on the back porch of a home on Starr Street.

They say the group tried to rob the men on the porch and Smith shot both men in the face.

Michael Robinson, 54, died at the scene. The second victim, Perry Mollohan, had to have his left eye removed.

Now Wells will testify against Smith during a trial scheduled to start on August 20.

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