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Nine-year-old offered plea deal in father's killing |
Published: February 13, 2009, 22:58
Flagstaff, Arizona: A nine-year-old charged with killing his father and another man has been offered a plea deal that would spare him any jail time, his attorney said on Thursday.
"We aren't going to sign him up for prison," defense attorney Benjamin Brewer said. "We would never do that."
Brewer declined to offer specifics, including what plea the boy could enter and whether it would involve the two counts of premeditated murder he faces. A change of plea hearing was scheduled for February 19, but Brewer said his client must still accept the deal.
"We believe this agreement addresses any potential needs out there as well as secures he does not get messed up going to juvenile corrections, or adult prison for that manner," Brewer said.
Prosecutors could not immediately be reached for comment on Thursday.
The boy was arrested and charged after authorities said he used a .22-caliber rifle on November 5 to kill his father, 29-year-old Vincent Romero, and 39-year-old Timothy Romans, a co-worker of Romero's who lived with the family in St Johns. The boy, eight years old at the time of the shooting, has been in and out of juvenile custody since his arrest.
A spokesman for the Romans family, John Andreas, hasn't objected to the boy receiving treatment, but he said on Thursday that the boy should be jailed.