Man Accused In 14-Year-Old’s Death Pleads Guilty
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The man accused in connection with the stabbing death of a 14-year-old girl last year will spend the rest of his life behind bars after entering a plea today in court.
Tushon Brown, 36, pleaded guilty to second degree murder and abuse of a corpse charges Thursday morning. He will now spend life in prison without parole.
Lauren Deis’ body was found wrapped in trash bags near a dumpster outside of Langley High School in July of 2010. She had multiple stab wounds.
The prosecution says instead of pushing for the death penalty or putting victim’s family through a trial, they thought it best to go with plea bargain.
“With the CSI effect, people today – jurors today, they literally want it caught on videotape,” said Mark Tranquilli, with the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office. “Expectations are so high and on this particular case, we thought that justice would be best served – to put him through a conventional trial, not make him some kind of celebrity and send him on his way.”
In August of 2010, a police detective testified that Brown told him he offered the girl $200 for sex and she agreed to go to his house. Brown claimed she told him she was 18 or 19. However, prosecutors said that they didn’t believe Deis went to the house for sex.
In court today, the victim’s mother testified that Brown has shamed and embarrassed not only them, but his own family.
Brown apologized to the family. He told police that he just could not function in society after eight years in prison.