According to a CBS Los Angeles news report, a young boy who killed his sleeping neo-Nazi father, Jeff Hall, on May 1, 2011 has been given a sentence of 40 years to life.
Joseph Hall, who is now 13 years old, was only 10 when he committed the crime, making him one of the country’s youngest killers.
He was convicted back in January of 2013 of second-degree murder and will be housed at a juvenile correctional facility, according to Jude Jean R. Leonard’s ruling.
The murder has received quite a bit of media attention, due to the boy’s age and his father’s Neo-Nazi beliefs. The 32-year-old man, who was a plumber by trade, was a leader in the National Socialist Movement. He had, in fact, hosted a meeting of the group just one day before his son shot him.
The prosecuting attorneys in the case said that the boy shot his father in the head at point-blank range while he was lying asleep in a drunken stupor.
The boy’s lawyers stated that the killing was a reaction to years of abuse. They said the boy had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, learning disabilities, anger issues and emotional problems. The boy told police his motivation for shooting the man was his fear of having to choose between his stepmother and his father, who were getting a divorce.
It was reported earlier this year that the boy had a history of violence since he was a young child. He had hit his sisters and his stepmother, stabbed classmates with pencils and had even tried to choke a teacher using a telephone cord.
Because he was so young, the case had hinged on whether he understood that his actions were wrong. The judge in the case said that his actions proved that he did and did not want to get caught.
Judge Leonard said that the most the boy can serve will be until he is 23-years-old. He will become eligible for parole in just seven years.
Written by: Nancy Schimelpfening