A Eureka teenager who pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the death of 16-year-old Brandon Brocious appeared in court on Thursday afternoon for his sentencing and instead asked his defense attorney to withdraw his plea and he also asked for new counsel.
Christopher Craft-Sterling, 16, accepted a plea agreement on July 16 with the District Attorney’s Office that would have seen him serve 12 years in custody in the state Juvenile Justice system, but he has had a change of mind.
On Thursday, Craft-Sterling’s assigned attorney, Christina Allbright filed a motion for the withdrawal of admission and a motion for the appointment of a new attorney at the behest of her client.
“Mr. Craft-Sterling believes he was not properly advised and a separate counsel needs to look into this case,” Allbright told Judge John Feeney.
The motions were opposed by the prosecutor, Deputy District Attorney Jessia Watson, and a hearing has been scheduled for Friday morning to see if a new lawyer is available to represent Craft-Sterling.