Boy, 13, who killed 11-year-old brother pleads no contest

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RAVENNA, Ohio – A 13-year-old boy has pleaded no contest to aggravated murder charges in juvenile court for fatally shooting his 11-year-old brother in the back at their home outside of Cleveland.

The Kent-Ravenna Record-Courier reports family members watched Tuesday as a Portage County judge explained what sentences the boy might face next month after presentencing evaluations are completed. He could be incarcerated until age 21; until age 24 if a gun specification is added; or he could receive a blended sentence of 20 years to life in juvenile and adult prisons.

It remains unclear what prompted the Streetsboro boy to shoot his brother, who was lying in bed, last April. Authorities have described the shooting as a premeditated act.

A message seeking comment was left Wednesday morning with the boy’s attorney.

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Information from: Record-Courier, http://www.recordpub.com

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