Boy Charged With Murdering Woman In Street Robbery

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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  • by Tee Location: Cali on Aug 20, 2009 at 08:54 PM
    Some of u people that post comments regarding these stories r freaks. Why in the world does everybody on here suggest that these crimes involve folks who have no daddy or he's in jail. Or that the mother is single an raising or raised the child alone. I believe thats the story of your lives and the only way u can express the fact that u all hate that your daddy's ran out on u is to suggest thats the story of someone else's life. Some of your most violent criminals were raised in 2 parent homes. Yeah this kid should be punished to the full extent of the law. He made his own bed and he needs to lay in it on his own. Stop blamin the parents for everything these fools do. They know right from wrong!
  • by Bob Location: Belhaven on Aug 20, 2009 at 09:28 AM
    What the hell is going on in this country? I guess when your role models are street pharmacist, gansta thug wannabees and have no guidance at home then this is what you get! A young woman is dead and this kid now has to pay. Its a hard way to learn a lesson, lets just hope it works. If he is old enough to try and rob someone, then he is old enough to serve the sentence. I will gurantee you the focus will be on his age, tough childhood etc. ad nauseum and not on the young woman who lost her life. It seems the victims get lost in the process.
  • by stewart Location: allen williams on Aug 20, 2009 at 08:25 AM
    More than likely the parents are in jail already and doesn't know who his Momma or Daddy be.
  • by unk Location: enc on Aug 20, 2009 at 08:19 AM
    He should be facing a death sentence. I don't care how old he is. This boy's parents should also do some time for this. Where are the parents?
  • by mandy on Aug 20, 2009 at 08:13 AM
    try the little "man" as an adult and find the parents and try them too. Pretty sure no one knows who the daddy is though.
  • by A Location: Kinston on Aug 20, 2009 at 07:50 AM
    He should get an adult sentence - he did an adult crime! Too bad he can't get the death penalty - instead he can just live a pampered life in jail at the taxpayer's expense.
  • by Richard Location: Greenville on Aug 20, 2009 at 07:39 AM
    We are at a low we have never even been close to before in this country.
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