The man involved in the killing of a four-year-old Struthers boy has pled guilty to an amended charge in court on Wednesday.

Twenty-two-year-old Andre McCoy pled guilty to one amended count of murder. McCoy was originally charged with four counts of aggravated murder and one count of attempted murder. These charges have been dropped.

This charge stems from the murder of Rowan Sweeney of Struthers back in September of 2020. The state recommended a sentence of 15 years to life in prison, a recommendation Sweeney's family approved of.

Additionally, this sentence could come with a maximum fine of $15,000.

McCoy is one of three suspects involved in a deadly shooting in Struthers that killed four-year-old Rowan Sweeney in September of 2020. Other suspects include 26-year-old Kimonie Bryant and 20-year-old Brandon Crump.

McCoy was taken to the hospital on the night of the crime after he was wounded by gunfire, but fled the scene before police could speak with him.
This resulted in a nearly two-year-long search that ended in January of 2023 when U.S. Marshals found him in a home on Parkhill Drive in Youngstown.
It's unclear if there are any conditions with McCoy's plea deal but there are two other suspects believed to have had a role the in violence that took place, so the deal may be contingent upon McCoy's cooperation.
There's been no sentencing date scheduled yet but 21 News will be there when the time comes.