A 13-year-old Ohio boy has confessed to shooting and killing his mother three years ago, when he was just 10-years-old. The boy entered the equivalent of a guilty plea on Monday after appearing in juvenile court.
According to WLWT, the boy claims he killed his mother because they were arguing over chores. The boy’s mother wanted him to carry in some firewood and he resisted. The boy said they fought about it and he was allegedly so angry, he fatally shot her.
The boy’s attorney, Andy Hyde, claims the boy lived in an abusive environment and was called upon to take on responsibilities far beyond his age. The attorney suggested that because his mother constantly screamed at him and was emotionally abusive, the boy just snapped.
The plea deal allows the judge to sentence the boy to a juvenile jail until he’s 21, but gives the judge discretion to sentence the boy to a residential facility instead. The boy was previously declared unfit to stand trial but was cleared for competency earlier this year.
The boy has received counseling, but Hyde says he’s still unable to talk bout the shooting.