Teen in Gang Case Heads to Jail Before Plea

Her lawyer says the 17-year-old is taking responsibility for "errors of judgment.''

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    Afrika Owes weeps after members of the Abyssinian Baptist Church laid hands on her in prayer. The church posted bail for the young woman in April.

    A former Massachusetts boarding school student charged with toting guns for a New York drug gang is headed to jail as she prepares to plead guilty.

    Afrika Owes turned herself in Tuesday to start serving time. She expects to be released sometime in September to finish her senior year of high school.

    Prosecutors and defense lawyers say they expect her plea next month. She's charged with conspiracy and weapon possession.

    Her lawyer says the 17-year-old is taking responsibility for "errors of judgment.''

    Manhattan prosecutors say the one-time scholarship student at the elite Deerfield Academy carried her gang leader boyfriend's gun. They also say she transmitted his instructions to gang members

    Owes, along with 13 co-defendants are due back in court in September to stand trial. If convicted she faces up to 25 years in prison.