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.