Teen suspect pleads guilty to Garden District rape, robbery

New Orleans, La. - One of the teens accused in a brutal kidnapping and rape in the Garden District in February pleaded guilty Wednesday morning.

Sixteen year-old Sheldon Jefferson pleaded guilty to forcible rape, second degree kidnapping, and armed robbery.

Jefferson stood before Judge Franz Zibilich in his orange jumpsuit and accepted a plea deal that will send him to prison for 30 years without the benefit of parole.

The 16 year-old is one of three teens who were accused of kidnapping and raping a 30 year old Garden District woman back in February as she walked from her car to her home on 8th Street.

Judge Zibilich peppered Jefferson with a series of questions to make sure he fully understood what was happening.

Jefferson, in a low voice, said he did.

Jefferson said in court if he knew what his friends were going to do, he would not have accompanied them and he told the judge he's sorry for what happened to the victim.

Jefferson eventually turned to the victim and said, "I'm sorry."

Jefferson's mother, who repeatedly walked out of the courtroom fighting back tears, had no comment.

The other two teens were not in court.