A 12-year-old boy accused of killing a woman during a Detroit street robbery could face an adult murder sentence of life in prison if convicted.
Authorities say the boy tried to rob a 24-year-old woman just after midnight on Aug. 1. Police say she was sitting in a parked car when the boy pointed his gun at her and a struggle followed. They say the woman was shot once in the chest and later died at a hospital.
The charges against the boy include armed robbery and felony murder.
He is too young to be charged as an adult under Michigan law, but the prosecutor's office filed the case with an adult designation. That means the judge can choose to impose an adult sentence.
For felony murder, that would be mandatory life in prison without possibility of parole.
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