COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- It's been more than two years since Kelly Rowles was shot and killed inside her Fiddler's Creek home. Today, a Collier County judge determined her now 15 year old son was responsible for her death. Judge Manalich determined the teen was guilty of manslaughter.
"I feel that based on the evidence the state put on, that it was the correct ruling," said Tammy Wilson, Assistant State Attorney.
During his ruling, Judge Manalich made a point to speak directly to the family who was inside the courtroom.
"This is a tragic death and I want to again express my condolences to everyone concerned with Ms. Rowles, she obviously died at a young age and tragically. The court certainly extends her sympathies to her passing," said Judge Manalich.
Assistant state attorney, Tammy Wilson, hopes this will lead the teen to getting the help he needs.
"Quite truthfully he's got a lot that he went through that he's going to have to heal from and this will be the possibiliy for him to get the counseling he needs," said Wilson.
Judge Manalich sentence the teen after he is evaluated by the Department of Juvenile Justice. They will then suggest what happens next.
"He can receive anything from usually probation to I don't think it would go lower than that to going to a committment program," said Wilson.