A 21-year-old Hyattsville woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to shooting a man to death in the courtyard of a Northeast D.C. apartment complex in 2009, authorities said.

Takia V. Neeley, 21, pled guilty to second-degree murder while in possession of a firearm before D.C. Superior Court Judge William M. Jackson and faces sentencing Sept. 16, according to the office of U.S. Attorney for the District.

Neely claimed she did not mean to shoot Jason Liser, 32, of Bowie, as he sat on the steps of an apartment complex in the 4000 block of Minnesota Avenue shortly before 3 a.m. on Sept. 13, 2009, according to prosecutors.

However, Machen’s office said in a statement, “After greeting Mr. Liser, she then pulled out the firearm, pointed it at him, and began shooting at him, striking him several times.”

Neely was arrested Sept. 29, 2009, claiming that she did not mean to shoot Liser, but that once the gun fired she kept shooting so that he could not identify her, authorities said.

Neely faces up to 40 years in prison for the murder charge and up to 15 years for the firearms charge, authorities said.