The Latest: Life sentence possible for school shooter

ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on a teen pleading guilty to a fatal school shooting in South Carolina (all times local):

4:45 p.m.

A prosecutor says he may ask for a life sentence without parole for a teen who had just turned 14 when he killed his father and an elementary school student outside for recess.

Jesse Osborne pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder in Anderson County.

The 16-year-old will be sentenced later after an extensive hearing that will consider his age, his chance for rehabilitation, the circumstances of the crime and how he has behaved in custody.

Solicitor David Wagner says he “very well may call for a life sentence.”

Osborne and his attorney said little at the hearing. The attorney said there was no dispute over the teen’s guilt.

Six-year-old Jacob Hall died in the shooting at Townville Elementary School in September 2016. Two other students and a teacher were wounded.


4:05 p.m.

A teen has pleaded guilty to two charges of murder for fatally shooting his father in their home and a 6-year-old boy at a South Carolina elementary school.

Sixteen-year-old Jesse Osborne entered his plea Wednesday afternoon.

He will be sentenced at a later date.

Authorities say Osborne had just turned 14 when he shot and killed his father in their home on Sept. 28, 2016, then drove his dad’s pickup truck 3 miles (5 kilometers) to Townville Elementary School. Investigators say Osborne crashed the truck into a playground fence and fired several shots at a group of students outside for recess. Six-year-old Jacob Hall was shot in the leg and bled to death.

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