Nine-year-old pleads guilty in shooting death

February 19, 2009 11:21:36 AM PST
A 9-year-old Arizona boy has pleaded guilty to negligent homicide in the shooting death of his father's roommate. [SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

Two premeditated murder charges for the deaths of the father and the roommate were dropped as part of a plea deal. The boy entered the plea before Apache County Superior Court Judge Michael Roca on Thursday.

The boy previously pleaded not guilty in the Nov. 5 deaths of his father, 29-year-old Vincent Romero, and the roommate, 39-year-old Timothy Romans. The boy was 8 at the time of the killings.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys had been negotiating a plea agreement for the past month.

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