A 12-year-old Arizona boy was found guilty of premeditated murder for fatally shooting his mother after having a fight with her over chores.
According to court testimony, Sara Madrid left the house after the argument and the unidentified boy retrieved a .22-caliber pistol from her bedroom and waited for her to come home. Madrid's longtime live-in boyfriend saw the 12-year-old shoot his mother before handing him the empty gun. Alfonso Munoz said he taught the boy how to shoot a gun for "emergencies and self-defense" when he was younger.
The boy's lawyers said his mother abused him and that he didn't intend to kill her, he just wanted to get back at her.
Prosecutors initially wanted the 12-year-old to be tried as an adult, but the judge ruled the case should stay in juvenile court because he believes the boy can be rehabilitated in the juvenile system.
Sentencing is set for January 23 and the boy faces up to six years in a juvenile jail.
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