In May, 2011, the 10-year-old son of white supremacist Jeff Hall, shot and killed his abusive neo-Nazi father at point blank range while his dad was asleep on the couch in the family home. Today in a California courtroom, the boy who is now 12 was found “responsible” for that second-degree murder of his father.
A verdict of "responsible" in juvenile court is the equivalent of “guilty” according to NBC News.
Prosecutors in the case against the child held that the boy knew exactly what he was doing when he shot and killed his 32-year-father using the father's own .357 Magnum, and argued that the killing was premeditated.
The boy's younger sister bolstered the prosecution's case by saying her elder sibling plotted the shooting days in advance.
Defense attorneys for the boy argued that the child grew up in a violent and abusive home and felt that if he shot his father, the abuse would stop.
Riverside, Calif. Superior Court Judge Jean Leonard heard the case without a jury, and acknowledged the boy’s "long history of abuse and neglect."
The boy said in a videotaped interview with police that he didn't think he'd get in trouble because he saw an episode of "Criminal Minds" in which a child killed an abusive father and wasn't arrested. ~ The Huffington Post
The judge agreed that the boy’s shooting was premeditated, but also noted that the boy had been affected by the amount of abuse he suffered over a lifetime at the hands of his father.
The boy showed no emotion when the judge gave her ruling.
The boy will next appear in court for his sentencing on February 15. He could be sent to prison for eleven years.
For an in-depth look at the boy, his father, and the neo-Nazi environment in which the child was raised, see the video accompanying this article.
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