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Aug 27, 2011 12:32 AM by Matt Stafford

Prosecutor: Boy in family shootings to enter plea

FORT MORGAN, Colo. (AP) - A prosecutor says a 13-year-old Colorado boy accused of fatally shooting his parents and wounding two siblings will not be tried as an adult in exchange for pleading guilty to murder charges.

District Attorney Bob Watson said Friday the boy has agreed to plead guilty as a juvenile. That means he would possibly face seven years in juvenile prison. If tried and convicted as an adult, the boy could have faced decades in prison.

The boy is accused in the March 1 slayings of Marilyn and Charles Long in the farm town of Burlington near the Kansas border.

He also is accused of assaulting two younger siblings with a knife.

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