A jury in Detroit this week convicted a 13-year-old boy of a murder that he committed when he was 12.
Demarco Harris was found guilty of felony murder, armed robbery, and felony firearm and curfew violation. An earlier trial in January ended in a hung jury.
Harris shot to death Trisha Babcock, 24, last August 1 as she sat in a parked car. The defendant, who was 12 at the time, was attempting to rob Babcock when he shot her in the chest.
[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/08/21/art.crime.trish.babcock2.jpg caption="Steve Babcock holds a senior portrait of his daughter, Trisha Babcock, who was 24 when she was killed in Detroit on Aug. 1."]
"We believe that based upon the facts and evidence in this case that the jury reached the correct result," said Wayne County Prosecutor Kym L. Worthy in a statement.
Harris, who is being held in a juvenile detention center, will be sentenced on June 1, the prosecutor's office said.
The judge has three options at the time of sentencing, Maria Miller, spokeswoman for the prosecutor's office, told CNN. She said Harris can be sentenced as a juvenile, sentenced to prison as an adult, or a combination of the two.
Miller would not discuss what choice the prosecutor is recommending for Harris. "We don't speak about that until the day of sentencing," she said.
The victim's father, Steve Babcock, was in the courtroom when the verdict was read. "I broke down and cried like a baby," he said. "Everyone knew he was guilty."
"I did everything I could for my daughter and I did the same for her when she was alive. She would have been proud of me. It's not going to bring my daughter back though."
Mr. Babcock talked to CNN about the appropriate punishment for Harris. "A life for a life," he said, "but unfortunately we don't have the death penalty."
"I feel like it might be a better sentence if he spends the rest of his life in prison. He knew what he was doing. When he picked up that gun he knew what he was doing. "
"I want the whole world to know about my daughter. She graduated top 10 in her class. She had her whole life ahead of her."
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