COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- A teen convicted in the accidental death of his mother, learns his fate today. The teen is being sent to a moderate risk commitment facility for at least six months. But professionals could keep him longer, depending on how he does in the program.
Last month, a judge found the teen guilty of manslaughter for shooting and killing his mother in her Fiddler's Creek home in 2010. At the time, he was just 13 years old. We're not identifying him because of his age.
Today, the judge heard testimony from the teen's grandmother, Collier County deputies and the Department of Juvenile Justice. The State had asked the judge to sentence the teen to a year in a facility. Instead, the judge followed the Department of Juvenile Justice's recommendation.
The judge says at the facility, the teen will receive therapy on a daily basis. He'll complete 100 hours of community service, and he'll be supervised after he's released. The teen is set to report to the program in the next 15 days. In the meantime, his family will have custody.