Prosecutors offer plea agreement to Arizona boy

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- A St. Johns boy sentenced to residential treatment for killing his father's friend could avoid a majority of alleged probation violations.

Apache County Attorney Michael Whiting said Wednesday that an agreement has been offered to the 12-year-old boy in which he would plead guilty to three charges and 12 others would be dropped.

Prosecutors recently accused the boy of issuing death threats, damaging property, escaping and assaulting people at the residential treatment center where he's been since 2010.

Defense attorney Ron Wood says he'll discuss the offer with his client. A Thursday court hearing has been postponed.

The boy was 8 when he was charged with killing his father and his father's friend. He eventually pleaded guilty one count of negligent homicide in an agreement with prosecutors.