Prosecutors cite safety in juvenile justice bid

October 25, 2013
FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2010 file photo, Jeff Hall, who was killed by his son, holds a Neo Nazi flag while standing at Sycamore Highlands Park near his home in Riverside, Calif. On Friday Oct. 25, 2013 a judge will to determine where Hall's son will spend his teens and, possibly, his early adult years. The judge hearing the case in Riverside County must decide not how to punish a child for second-degree murder, but how to rehabilitate someone who grew up in an abusive home. (AP Photo/Sandy Huffaker, File)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A California prosecutor says a 12-year-old boy who shot and killed his neo-Nazi father two years ago should be incarcerated in a state juvenile justice facility for his own safety.

Riverside County prosecutor Michael Soccio told Superior Court Judge Jean Leonard during a sentencing hearing Friday that the boy's crime is one of the most serious imaginable.

The boy's mother wants him sent to a privately run jail where she believes he will be safer and receive better rehabilitative treatment.

The boy's attorney isn't scheduled to make her opening statement until next week, after prosecution witnesses have testified.

He could be incarcerated until age 23, but authorities say it is likely he could be released in about seven years, possibly sooner, with time off for good behavior.