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Boy Accused of Killing Mom Could Be Released at 21

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(HOLMES COUNTY, Ohio) -- Ohio prosecutors are considering whether to seek a classification that would ensure that a 10-year-old Ohio boy accused of killing his mom could be kept in prison beyond the age of 21 if they believe it is necessary.

The prosecutor's office will soon determine if they will seek to have the boy, who will not be tried as an adult, declared as a serious youth offender.

That determination opens the possibility that the 10-year-old boy could be assigned an adult sentence if convicted. That sentence would come into play at the completion of his juvenile sentence if he has infractions during his time in juvenile detention.

Without that designation, the boy would have to be released upon his 21st birthday, even if convicted of murder.

"You have to keep it in perspective. It's not like I have 10-year-old homicides every day. To say that this is not unique would not be correct," said Sean Warner, Holmes County juvenile assistant prosecutor. "I still have information coming in and I'm reviewing the file now."

The boy allegedly shot and killed his 46-year-old mother Deborah McVay on Sunday night. An argument over firewood may have triggered a heated argument that resulted in the death, police have said. McVay was found dead of a single gunshot wound to the head in the family's modest home -- an apartment converted from a two-car garage -- in Big Prairie.

Authorities found four weapons in the boy's bedroom, including the .22 caliber rifle found on his bed which is believed to be the murder weapon. Two other .22 caliber rifles were mounted to the wall and a 12-gauge shotgun was also on the boy's bed.

The prosecutor's office has 20 days from this past Monday's court hearing to decide whether they will move to classify him as a serious youth offender. Determining factors include whether he has previously been through the juvenile detention system or a history of violent crimes, or whether a crime is so violent that the serious youth offender classification is necessary.

"Because of what happened, even though a person hasn't been through the system, you want to give the court the option to have more means to deal with them in the future," said Steve Knowling, prosecutor for Holmes County.

"And if we don't do that, the court would lose jurisdiction when he is 21 and we would have no options available at that point," Knowling said.

The boy's attorney, Andy Hyde, was not able to be reached for comment, despite numerous attempts.

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Cops: Boy Killed Mom Over Firewood Chore

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(BIG PRAIRIE, Ohio) -- An argument over a boy's firewood chore is believed to have triggered a 10-year-old Ohio boy to shoot and kill his mother, police indicated Tuesday.

"Apparently there was a verbal argument about the mother wanting the boy to bring firewood into the house, which may have had a bearing on what happened," Holmes County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Nathan Fritz told ABC News.

Deborah McVay, 46, was found dead of a single gunshot wound to the head Sunday night in the family's home -- an apartment converted from a two-car garage -- in the tiny town of Big Prairie. McVay lived in the three bedroom home with her two children, a 15-year-old daughter and the 10-year-old boy.

The boy appeared at his court hearing Monday wearing handcuffs, shackles and an overcoat. His lawyer entered the equivalent of a not guilty plea to the juvenile delinquency charge of murder.

The boy is expected to request a release to attend his mother's funeral, which is expected soon, authorities said.

Police went to the family's house Sunday night after a neighbor called police to say the 10-year-old told them "he needed the squad and the police and that he had just shot his mom," according to Holmes County Sheriff Tim Zimmerly.

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'Ugly Betty' Actor Says He Killed Mother Because She Was Possessed

Photo Courtesy - WABC-TV New York(NEW YORK) -- The New York City actor who eviscerated his mother with a ceremonial Freemason sword two days before Thanksgiving believes he did not kill the woman who raised him but the demon who possessed her, according to a report.

In an interview with the New York Daily News from the psychiatric ward of the hospital police brought him to Tuesday, Michael Brea, 31, said he heard voices telling him to kill his mother and he believed he was doing God's work.

Brea was arrested early Tuesday morning after neighbors called police to the Brooklyn apartment he shared with his mother, Yannick Brea, 55, when they heard the woman shrieking in pain as her son allegedly slashed her with the 3-foot-long sword.

Police entered Brea's home Tuesday and found him in a back bedroom covered in his mother's blood.

The actor, who played a bit part in the ABC show Ugly Betty, said he began having paranoid visions and hearing voices days after joining a Masonic lodge in Harlem.

Prosecutors told ABC News a court date and arraignment are pending approval from the hospital.

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