A teenage boy accused of murdering his father then opening fire in an elementary school playground where he killed a six-year-old will be tried as an adult.The decision to move Jesse Osborne, 15, out of Family Court and up to General Sessions was made by Judge Edgar Long on Friday.
Other youngsters who have been convicted in adult court of the crime have been given between 30 and 40 years imprisonment.
The teenager told police on the day of the shooting that his father 'fussed' at him and 'fussed' at his mother Tiffney when he had been drinking and that the night before his rampage, Jeffrey's mood was particularly bad The teen was 14 when he allegedly shot his father Jeffrey, 47, three times at their home then drove his pick-up truck to Townville Elementary School in South Carolina on September 28, 2016.
Jesse faces two murder charges, three attempted murder charges and five counts of possessing a weapon during a violent crime.
If convicted as an adult, he would get a sentence of at least 30 years and could spend the rest of his life in jail, said a statement released by David Wagner, the 10th Judicial Circuit solicitor.
The teen also said that he was interested in WWII history and liked learning about the Civil War.
Months before the shooting, he said he researched Columbine, the 1999 massacre in which 15 were killed by two teenage gunmen. At the time, Jacob was in hospital clinging to life. Later in the interview, Jesse said he did not have a problem with any of the staff or students there and said instead that he was lashing out at the school system in general.
Jesse allegedly bragged to Ballenger about how he liked to taunt his pet rabbit, which he described as his best friend, and shoot at or near dogs and smash frogs on concrete.
Although the teen has told various psychiatrists that he sees 'blue people', 'people with no faces, and 'Scooby Doo and a demon', Ballenger said in court that Jesse's claims were 'not presented in a credible way.'Ballenger's testimony at the Anderson County Courthouse was hard for many to hear, as the doctor described Jesse's 'indifference to his victims', saying he has seen the teen smile while disturbing details of the case are discussed and 'then try to hide it.'Jesse, Ballenger told the court, has said he had done his six-year-old victim, Jacob Hall, a 'favor' by mortally wounding him.'The evil and premeditated planning which has been revealed this week through witness testimony clearly demonstrates that Osborne is a cold and calculated killer.
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