A teenage boy has admitted to murdering a young girl because he believed she was pregnant with his child.
Isiah Lynch, from Canton, Ohio, pleaded true – the equivalent of guilty – on Wednesday (local time) to the March execution of Sylvia McGee, 14, according to the Canton Repository.
Because Lynch was 13 years old at the time of the crime, he could not be tried as an adult. He will spend the next seven years in a youth prison.
Prosecutors said Lynch, McGee and mutual friend Michael Boykins spent time together in the early hours of March 30.
McGee, who attended the Compton Learning Center’s Connections Program, had reconnected with the boys after the trio attended elementary school together.
Believing rumours McGee, who was not his girlfriend, was pregnant, Lynch shot the 14-year-old in the head with a handgun.
“That is what I believe got this whole thing started,” Assistant Prosecutor Michelle Cordova said.
“There was no evidence of any other reason for this,” she continued, noting that an autopsy had proven McGee was not pregnant.
Boykins has pleaded guilty to tempering with evidence. He will serve at least one year in a youth prison, according to the publication.
McGee’s family said they are unhappy with Lynch’s sentence.
“It’s still not closure,” McGee’s great aunt Carlina Hanley told the Canton Repository.
“She didn’t deserve that. She wasn’t that type of a kid. She was upbeat and funny. I just can’t believe that he did that,” she said.
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