Holmes County boy admits fatally shooting mom after fight over chores

MILLERSBURG, Ohio - An Ohio boy admits fatally shooting his mother when he was 10 after what a relative described as an argument over chores.

The boy, now 13, entered the equivalent of a guilty plea in Holmes County Juvenile Court. A second charge and two weapons specifications were dismissed.

He'll be sentenced later and could be held in a youth facility until he's 21. A defense attorney says he'll ask that the boy go to a residential treatment facility with access to counseling.

A prosecutor told The Repository in Canton the plea deal avoids a trial that benefits no one.

In January 2011, the boy told a 911 dispatcher he shot his mother at home, near the rural town of Big Prairie.

The Associated Press generally doesn't identify juveniles accused of crimes.

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