Accused West Orange High School shooter pleads no contest

J'Morian Bell accused of shooting Ja'Roderick Smith

WINTER GARDEN, Fla. - A 18-year-old accused of shooting a teen boy at West Orange High School pleaded no contest to three of the four charges against him Friday.

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J'Morian Bell pleaded no contest to discharge of weapon with a firearm, attempted murder and possession of a firearm on school property. Bell will be serving 25 years for all the charges since each sentence runs concurrently.

An aggravated battery charge was dropped for Bell.

Bell, then 17, was arrested shortly after the shooting at the school's bus loop in December, which left Ja'Roderick Smith, who was 15 years old at the time, with gunshot wounds to his face and abdomen.

Smith was in some sort of scuffle or fight shortly before the shooting after he was jumped.

"I'm so sorry to see my family and your family go through this rough time because of this unfortunate situation of a life that would have been taken away. But thank God, he was on my side and the people who prayers out to both of us," the prosecutor read to the court from Smith.

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