AUSTIN (February 11, 2011)--A 13-year-old boy who’s accused of teaming up with his 12-year-old girlfriend to kill her mother and stepfather in suburban Dallas has reached a plea agreement with prosecutors that will keep him from going on trial for capital murder.
Details of the agreement reached this week were not released, but police said the teenager will serve at least 10 years behind bars because the charge was capital murder.
Had he gone on trial Monday as scheduled, he would have faced a maximum 40-year sentence.
The Dallas County public defender's office, which is representing the boy, said it doesn't comment on matters pertaining to juvenile offenders.
The Dallas Morning News first reported the plea bargain agreement.
The boy and his then 12-year-old girlfriend were both charged in Aug. 17 shootings that killed Darlene Nevil, 46, at her home in Garland.
Nevil’s husband, Alan, 48, was also shot, but made it to a neighbor's front yard and was able to call the police.
He was able to tell the police who shot him before he died of his wounds on Sept. 2.
Authorities also recovered the handgun they believe was used in the slayings.
The girl, now 13, is scheduled to go on trial March 28.
Her court-appointed attorney declined to comment Friday.
Both children were held at the Dallas County Juvenile Detention Center because suspects must be at least 15 to be tried as adults.
The newspaper reported the boy was transferred to custody of the Texas Youth Commission and was probably taken to the McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility in Mart.