Colorado boy expected to accept deal in shooting

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Burlington, Colo. (AP) -- A 13-year-old Colorado boy accused of
killing his parents and wounding two younger siblings is expected
to accept a plea that has angered some family members. The boy is appearing before a judge in Burlington Wednesday. He is accused of shooting and killing his parents, Marilyn and Charles Long, wounding a younger brother and assaulting a younger sister with a knife in March. Under the deal announced last month, he would plead guilty to
murder charges as a juvenile to avoid being tried as an adult. He
would face seven years in juvenile prison but the sentence could be
extended by two years if the judge approves. District Attorney Bob Watson said Colorado law forces him to choose between what he says is an unnecessary light juvenile sentence and an unnecessarily harsh lifetime sentence.

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