Boy, 13, Accused Of Killing Texas Store Owner

CONROE (April 25, 2014) A 13-year-old boy who was initially detained as what authorities described as a person of interest in the shooting death of a Montgomery County convenience store owner, has been charged with capital murder.

Sam Sadruddin was shot to death during an early-morning robbery on March 24 at Z-P Mart Shell in Conroe.

Four days later Joseph Gutierrez, 19, was charged with capital murder in the death.

Because the boy is younger than 14, he can’t be prosecuted as an adult, Montgomery County Attorney J.D. Lambright said.

But he could be sentenced to as much as 40 years in state custody if convicted as a juvenile.

He would remain in juvenile detention until he turns 19 and then a juvenile court will decide whether to discharge or parole him or move him to a state prison unit.