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posted Friday, December 23, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 51
California teen sentenced 21 years for killing Gay student
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California teen sentenced 21 years for killing Gay student

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Brandon McInerney, the Oxnard, California, teen who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the killing of a Gay student, was sentenced December 19 to 21 years in prison.

Although McInerney, now 17, didn't speak at the proceeding, his lawyer said the teen is 'deeply remorseful for his actions.'

In November, as part of a plea deal, the teen pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter, and use of a firearm.

When he was just 14 years old, McInerney pulled a gun out of his backpack and fatally shot 15-year-old Larry King at point-blank range at the E.O. Green Junior High School in 2008.

King's family said they couldn't forgive their son's killer.

'You took upon yourself to be a bully and to hate a smaller kid, wanting to be the big man on campus,' King's father, Greg King, said on behalf of his wife. 'You have left a big hole in my heart where Larry was and it can never be filled.'

A mistrial was declared in September after a hung jury couldn't decide between murder or manslaughter.

McInerney then pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and voluntary manslaughter, and in return, prosecutors agreed not to go forward with the second trial, which could have resulted in a life sentence.

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