11-Year-Old Boy Faces Possible Life Sentence for Alleged Homicide of Mother

A 11-year-old boy from Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, appeared in court on Tuesday for a preliminary hearing in the alleged homicide of his mother. The boy, whose identity is protected by a court order, is accused of shooting his mother after she woke him up early and did not buy him a virtual reality headset. The incident occurred while most Milwaukee Public Schools were letting students out for one of their first days of school.

During the hearing, Milwaukee Police Detective Timothy Keller testified that the boy’s story changed multiple times during the investigation. Initially, the detective believed it was an accident and allowed the boy to be released into the family’s care. However, after further questioning, the boy admitted to aiming the gun at his mother with the intention to scare her.

The court decided to bind the boy over for trial, charging him as an adult due to the 1 Degree Intentional Homicide charge, which is mandated by Wisconsin law. However, there is a possibility for a reverse waiver, which would allow the boy to go through the juvenile justice system. The defense team indicated they would likely seek an evaluation for a reverse waiver.

Attorney Jonathan LaVoy explained that the decision to waive the boy into the juvenile court system is an uphill battle. If convicted as an adult, the boy could face a life sentence. The juvenile system, on the other hand, offers rehabilitation services and resources aimed at providing a path for the child to live a productive life.

The boy’s next court appearance is scheduled for October 6 at 10:00 a.m.

 

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