Missouri teen pleads guilty in fatal shooting of sister, 12

JASPER, Missouri. – A Missouri teenager has pleaded guilty to fatally shooting his 12-year-old sister, and wait on the conviction, pending an evaluation.

The Joplin Globe reports ( ) that a 15-year-old Tristan Potts pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree murder, armed criminal action and attempted first degree arson.

Potts was 13 in October 2015, when he fatally shot Teresa Potts outside their home near Jasper, Missouri. The authorities say that the brothers and sisters were adopted from foster care.

Potts had been certified to stand trial as an adult.

A judge ordered Potts to be assessed for possible placement in a program in which a juvenile and adult sentence is simultaneously imposed. Under the program, the adult sentence is suspended while the inmate is undergoing treatment and vocational training. When he was 21, the court determines whether he should remain in custody.


Information from: The Joplin (Mo.) World,

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