Shabar Marshall - who was 16 at the time - and his 27-year-old older brother Jahaad are accused of entering the East Lane Street home of Jason Beyer in January 2013. In the brutal home invasion, the brothers allegedly shot Beyer in the back when he tried to stop an attack on his wife. That shooting left Beyer paralyzed from the waist down.
On Wednesday, Shabar Marshall admitted to 15 total charges including first-degree sex offense and attempted murder. Those charges alone could net the 17-year-old more than 40 years in prison.
In fact, Shabar Marshall faces the possibility of 144 years in prison if his minimum sentences are run consecutively. However, nothing is for sure until after his big brother is tried this month in a series of Raleigh home invasion robberies in late 2012 and early 2013.
On Wednesday, the prosecutor gave a summation of the crime to the judge who will oversee the upcoming trial and will later sentence Shabar Marshall. At one point, he described the terror at the female victim as she was forced to perform a sex act at gunpoint.
"The entire time this is happening that gun is pointed at her head on the back of her head. After about a minute it stopped and he told her to go upstairs where the other defendant was. And at that point she would describe her demeanor as just devolving into a state of panic and hysteria. As she headed up those stairs she was very concerned about what was going to happen up there," said prosecutor Boz Zellinger.
That is when the prosecutor says the two brothers attempted to rape the woman, but Beyer came to her rescue. She fled and he was shot in the back and paralyzed.
Shabar Marshall's attorney says he made the plea without a deal because he feels so badly about what he has done.
Jahaad Marshall has pleaded not guilty. His trial is expected to begin later this month.
ABC11 spoke with Jason Beyer in January. While he remains in a wheelchair, he said he is determined to walk again, whether on his own or with the help of new technology.
He has returned to work, which includes traveling unassisted across the country. After much practice in parking lots, he also drives a specially-equipped car.