CONROE, TEXAS (AP) - A 13-year-old boy charged in the March slaying of Montgomery County convenience store owner has pleaded guilty to murder and is accepting a 15-year sentence to the Texas Juvenile Justice Department.
Montgomery County Attorney J.D. Lambright tells The Courier of Montgomery County the boy isn't eligible to be certified as an adult to stand trial in criminal court.
But he says the boy has provided information about the fatal shooting of Shamsuddin "Sam" Sadruddin on March 24. He's told authorities he was there and knew the store east of Conroe would be robbed.
A 19-year-old man who was with him, Joseph Gutierrez, is awaiting trial on capital murder charges.
Once the boy approaches 19, a juvenile court judge will decide whether he gets released or is transferred to prison.