COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Prosecutors plan to tell a judge why they think a teen who fired on a South Carolina school playground and killed a first-grader should spend his life in prison.
A hearing begins Tuesday at the Anderson County Courthouse to determine 17-year-old Jesse Osborne’s sentence . He faces 30 years to life without parole.
Osborne pleaded guilty to murder last November for killing his father in their home, then driving to Townville Elementary School and shooting at students outside in September 2016.
Osborne had turned 14 just 20 days before the killings. A judge ruled he should be tried as an adult.
A U.S. Supreme Court ruling requires this hearing, where a judge will consider Osborne’s age and maturity, the circumstances of the crime, his home environment and the possibility of rehabilitation.
By JEFFREY COLLINS
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