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Teen pleads guilty to shooting deputy

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Dillon Schlegel Dillon Schlegel
Deputy Fred Ashworth (Orange County Sheriff's Office) Deputy Fred Ashworth (Orange County Sheriff's Office)
File image: January 26, 2012 File image: January 26, 2012

A 16-year-old accused of shooting an Orange County Sheriff's Deputy has pleaded guilty to the crime.

Dillon Schlegel, 16, of Vidor, was certified to stand trial as an adult in the January 26 shooting of Orange County Sheriff's Deputy Fred Ashworth.  Monday he pleaded guilty before 252nd District Court Judge Layne Walker.

The shooting happened as Deputy Ashworth, a 20-year law enforcement veteran, was taking Schlegel from his court case for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and evading detention back to the Minnie Rogers Juvenile Justice Center.

Deputies say Schlegel was being transferred through a sally port, which is the entry way into a secured facility designed to allow only one door to open. Officials say this is when Schlegel had a struggle with Deputy Ashworth and was able to get a gun. Schlegel then shot Deputy Ashworth twice in the upper chest area.

Jailers were able to lock down the sally port, trapping Schlegel inside. Officers were then able to talk him into surrendering the deputies gun.

Deputies began a protocol review at the facility following the shooting to see what, if any, changes needed to take place to prevent similar incidents.

Sentencing has been set for July 20, 2012.