Prosecutors cite safety in juvenile justice bid

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Associated Press

Posted on October 25, 2013 at 12:30 PM

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A California prosecutor says a 13-year-old boy who shot and killed his neo-Nazi father two years ago should be incarcerated in a state juvenile justice facility for his own safety.

Riverside County prosecutor Michael Soccio told Superior Court Judge Jean Leonard during a sentencing hearing Friday that the boy's crime is one of the most serious imaginable.

The boy's mother wants him sent to a privately run jail where she believes he will be safer and receive better rehabilitative treatment.

The boy's attorney isn't scheduled to make her opening statement until next week, after prosecution witnesses have testified.

He could be incarcerated until age 23, but authorities say it is likely he could be released in about seven years, possibly sooner, with time off for good behavior.

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