Ohio Teen Convicted of Killing Mother Over Video Game

ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio teenager faces up to life in prison after being convicted of killing his mother and wounding his minister father in a dispute over a video game.

Defense attorneys for 17-year-old Daniel Petric didn't contest that he shot his parents in October 2007 but insisted the boy's youth and video game addiction made him less responsible.

Lorain County Judge James Burge disagreed and pointed to evidence the boy plotted the crime for weeks.

Prosecutors said Petric was angry that his father would not allow him to play the video game Halo 3.

The Rev. Mark Petric testified that his son came into the room and asked: "Would you guys close your eyes? I have a surprise for you." The father testified that he expected a pleasant surprise.

Then his head went numb from a gunshot and he survived. His wife
died of a gunshot wound to the head.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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