A 12-year-old has been found guilty of murder. 12 year old Joseph Hall was found guilty of killing his father ,Jeffrey Hall, 32 with a gun as he was sleeping.The young boy committed the crime in 2011 following an incident which involved the father spanking and allegedly kicking the boy.
Riverside Superior Court Judge ,Jean Leonard weighed the severity of the crime against the effects of the abuse and neglect inflicted on the now-12-year-old boy by his father, The boy, who is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 15, could be incarcerated until he is 23.
Despite a psychologist’s testimony that Joseph suffered emotional, physical, and possibly abuse at the hands of his father, the judge has handed down a guilty verdict .
A spokesman with the Riverside County district attorney’s office claimed that the fathers affiliation with the NSM did not play a role in the murder, saying:
“It was our belief that this would have happened even if (Hall) was not part of the National Socialist Movement. This was done more on a domestic level.”
Jeffrey Hall was a known associate of local neo-Nazi groups and was a leader in the National Socialist Movement.