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13-Year-Old Texas Boy Found Guilty Of Murder In Connection With A Deadly Gunshot At A Sonic Drive-In

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Shooting incident in New Mexico led to the death of a 52-year-old man. (Photo: CNN)

Authorities reported that a 13-year-old Texas kid who was found guilty of killing a Sonic Drive-In employee will spend 12 years in prison.

What Happened?

In the unusual murder case involving a kid, a judge handed down the sentence on Tuesday after days of evidentiary hearings, according to Amy Pardo of the Johnson County Attorney’s office. He may eventually be moved to the adult prison system in the state after beginning his time in the Texas Juvenile Justice Department’s care.

The kid, whose name has not been released by the authorities, might have received a term of up to 40 years in prison or probation. In October, a jury in the murder case involving the May shooting death of a Sonic employee who got into a confrontation with his uncle found him guilty of delinquent conduct—the juvenile version of a guilty judgment.

Matthew Davis Shot By A Child

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According to police, the 12-year-old child repeatedly shot Matthew Davis in the parking lot of the restaurant in Keene, roughly 40 miles southwest of Dallas, using an AR-style rifle. After Davis approached his uncle about his “disorderly conduct” outside the Sonic and the two men started fighting, he took the revolver out of his uncle’s car and started shooting, according to the police.

Following the incident, Angel Gomez, the boy’s uncle, was also taken into custody and subsequently charged with altering or forging tangible evidence. There is a pending case.

Due to chronic understaffing, there have been numerous child abuse scandals plaguing Texas’ juvenile detention system for years.

The U.S. Department of Justice launched a statewide civil rights investigation in 2021 to look at the circumstances in five of the systems’ facilities and whether or not the young people who are imprisoned there receive proper mental health care and are protected from assault. The investigation has not ended.

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