Thursday, June 17, 2010

A judge has ordered a 13-year-old African-American convicted of murdering a woman during a robbery to remain in juvenile detention until he turns 21

Judge Sheila Gibson gave Demarco Harris a blended sentence. The Detroit teen, who committed the crime when he was 12, will be re-evaluated by the court after his 21st birthday. Depending on the court's findings, Harris will either be released from custody or sentenced as an adult to life in prison without the possibility of parole. If Harris is convicted of a felony while he is in custody, he will automatically be sentenced as an adult to life in prison. Harris was found guilty of murdering Trisha Babcock during a robbery. The 24-year-old woman was shot to death inside her parked car in Detroit on August 1, 2009.

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