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ST. JOHNS, Ariz. -- On Wednesday an Arizona judge is expected to consider sending a boy who pleaded guilty to negligent homicide to a group home for continued court-ordered treatment.

The boy, who is now 13, has been at a Phoenix-area residential treatment center for nearly three years. He was brought back to court recently because of probation violations.

The boy was 8 when he pleaded guilty to killing his father's friend in St. Johns. Prosecutors dropped a murder charge against him in his father's death.

Probation officials have been looking into two Phoenix-area group homes after essentially ruling out foster care and a school for troubled boys.

Apache County Superior Court Judge Monica Stauffer said moving the boy to a group home would help him build on improvements he's made.

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