A plea agreement was reached in the trial for the Fort Worth juvenile who killed his 5-year-old neighbor with a bowling ball.
The victim's family members cried silently as the now 14-year-old explained what happened and accepted his 23-year sentence.
The defendant said he and Sida Osman were playing together in the backyard of a vacant home in their neighborhood on June 25.
He threw a bowling ball at Sida because he was "pestering him to go to the store." The boy fell to the ground and he threw the ball at his head again "like spiking a football," the defendant said while looking down.
A translator helped his mother, a native of Somalia, understand what was being said in court.
She said life without her son has been very painful, but she didn't want the defendant to die. She does not believe in killing and likes the idea of him living in prison.
"I just want your family to know I'm sorry," the defendant said in response.
He will remain in juvenile detention at least until the age of 16. After that his future will be determined by the court based on his behavior. He may be moved to an adult facility for the rest of his sentence, or he may be paroled.
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