A thirteen year old boy, who was twelve years old at the time of the murders, from Burlington, Colorado was sentenced Wednesday to 7 years in juvenile detention after he pleaded guilty to murder. In March right before he shot his parents with a .357 Magnum revolver, he had been playing with his toy planes and trucks. The boy also pleaded guilty to 3 counts of assaults and attempt to commit first-degree murder for attacking two of his younger siblings. If he had been tried and convicted as an adult he could have faced decades in prison. Some of the relatives were angered by the light sentence.
The district attorney said that the state law forced him to make a decision between what he considered an unnecessarily harsh lifetime sentence and an unacceptable light juvenile sentence. The district attorney also told the judge that there was no explanation for the killings. In addition to the years that he will serve in juvenile detention he will also be on parole for three years after he is released.
According to the report, the young boy had spent money that he had earned cleaning the courthouse and a church Legos before the killings and that he was immature for his age. In addition to killing his parents he injured his five year old sister with a knife and shot and stabbed his 9 year old brother. They have both recovered from their wounds.
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Colo. boy, 13, pleads guilty to killing parents
Bradenton Herald, on Thu, 29 Sep 2011 09:42:27 -0700
By P. SOLOMON BANDA – AP A 13–year–old boy who prosecutors say was playing with toy trucks and planes right before he shot and killed his parents was sentenced Wednesday to seven years in juvenile detention after pleading guilty to murder. …
Colorado Boy Pleads Guilty To Killing Parents
KJCT8.com, on Thu, 29 Sep 2011 07:21:52 -0700
A 13–year–old Colorado boy has pleaded guilty to killing his parents under a plea deal that spared him a long prison term. The teen entered his plea Wednesday in Burlington, a small farming community about 140 miles east of Denver. He pleaded guilty to …