A 13-year-old Streetsboro boy who was charged earlier this year with the fatal shooting of his 11-year-old brother has pleaded no contest to the charges, according to the Portage County Prosecutor's Office.
After the teen pleaded no contest, a judge found him delinquent. A ruling of delinquent is the juvenile court equivalent to guilty. The judge also ordered the teen to take a psychological evaluation prior to the next hearing.
On April 23, Streetsboro police went to a home on Alden Drive after receiving reports of a shooting. When officers arrived, they found the 11-year-old victim. According to authorities, the incident appeared to be a "premeditated act."
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The victim was taken to a nearby hospital but was pronounced dead.
Authorities later determined the teen used a handgun he took from his grandfather's gun cabinet.
The teen was later charged with two counts of aggravated murder. Because of his age, the teen wasn't eligible to be tried as an adult, but he could face a "blended" sentence since the charges carried a serious youthful offender specification.
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According to court documents, the brothers were adopted in 2007; their adopted parents were divorced in 2013, and there was a history of domestic violence in the home.
Four days prior to the fatal shooting, authorities were called to the home when a woman reported her 13-year-old step-son was "being unruly," according to an incident report.
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A future court date for the teen has not been set yet.