Chester teen pleads guilty in 2014 killing

Robert Graham
Robert Graham

The Chester teenager accused in the 2014 fatal shooting of another teen pleaded guilty to murder Tuesday morning in a Chester County courtroom.

Robert Isaiah Graham, 18, told Chester police detectives in audio and video statements that he was “going to prison anyway,” and that he shot Shyheim Kennedy last July after an argument in the street that followed ongoing harsh words between Roundtree Circle gang members and other young men, according to prosecutors in a court hearing in January when bond was denied to Graham.

Graham told police he was on the run from probation agents at the time of the shooting and his arrest for murder. His mother told The Herald after his arrest that she tried to get help for Graham because he was violent.

He will be sentenced at a later date, said Sixth Circuit Solicitor Julie Hall. He could face 30 years to life in prison.

Kennedy, 16, was shot on Pinckney Street just a block from the Chester Police Department in downtown Chester. Family members have said that Kennedy was home for the summer after moving away from Chester to get away from gang and teen violence.

In statements to police, Graham claimed Kennedy pushed him before Graham, a convicted felon barred from having a gun, pulled a weapon and allegedly shot Kennedy.

In November, five other alleged members of the Roundtree Circle gang from Chester were charged in the killing of Chester City Councilman Odell Williams.

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