GRANITE SHOALS, Texas -- A 12-year-old boy has pleaded guilty to capital murder after setting fire to his home, killing his eight-year-old brother and injuring his grandmother last July.
The boy, whose name has not been released because he is a minor, pleaded guilty on Friday, Nov. 8. He is charged with capital murder and arson causing bodily injury or death.
The plea was part of a negotiation with the Burnet County Attorney's Office. In exchange, the boy received a sentence of 13 years in the Texas Juvenile Justice Division.
“This is a tragic situation for everyone, especially the boys’ family. In working out the terms of his plea, our hope is that the juvenile will now have access to the treatment, structure, and programs he needs to address the issues that led to this terrible event,” said Katherine McAnally, First Assistant County Attorney. “The boy, his family, and his attorneys agree that this was the right outcome, and we feel that justice has been served.”
The attorney's office said in a release Thursday that the boy will be eligible for parole in 2020. A hearing will then determine if he should serve out the rest of his sentence or be released on adult parole.