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Two brothers, charged in shooting death of Michael Powell, have reached plea deals

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MILWAUKEE COUNTY — The second of two brothers accused in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Powell has reached a plea deal in the case against him.

The shooting happened near 29th and Melvina.

Aaron Jones, Aric Jones

Aaron Jones, Aric Jones

27-year-old Aaron Jones on Monday, November 9th pleaded “no contest” to a charge of adjudged delinquent in possession of a firearm, and was thus found guilty based on that plea.

He will be sentenced on November 16th.

25-year-old Aric Jones on October 19th pleaded guilty to one count of homicide by negligent handling of a dangerous weapon/explosive, use of a dangerous weapon, penalties for felonies – “Class G” felony.

A possession of a firearm by a felon charge was dismissed.

Aric Jones will be sentenced on December 7th.



Michael Powell

Michael Powell

According to the criminal complaint, Michael Powell had a “reported history of mental health problems” and apparently entered the shared residence of the Jones brothers around 1:45 p.m. on April 14th. He did so without the consent of the Jones brothers. The complaint indicates “Aric Jones, by his own admission, while armed with a 40 caliber semi-automatic handgun…aided and abetted by his brother…shot and killed” Powell.

The complaint says both the Jones brothers “admitted to police that neither defendant called 911 or otherwise attempted to obtain police assistance upon observing and/or learning that the victim had entered the residence without consent.” Jones apparently told police “he thought (Powell) had a gun. However, no gun was recovered and no evidence of a second firearm was located at the scene. The complaint says, “The totality of the circumstances support the conclusion that the defendants’ use of any alleged ‘defensive’ force was unnecessary and easily avoided.”

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