Texas Boy, 13, Pleads Guilty In Store Owner’s Slaying

CONROE (May 16, 2014) A 13-year-old Texas boy was sentenced to 15 years in custody after pleading guilty to murder in the March shooting death of a Montgomery County store owner who was killed during a robbery.

The boy will be transferred to the Texas Juvenile Justice Department.

Once his age approaches 19, a juvenile court judge will decide whether he should be released or transferred to prison.

Because he’s younger than 14, he wasn’t eligible to be certified to stand trial as an adult, Montgomery County Attorney J.D. Lambright said.

The boy has provided information about the shooting death of Shamsuddin "Sam" Sadruddin on March 24, however, telling authorities he was there and knew the store east of Conroe would be robbed, Lambright said.

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.

He’s awaiting trial.