Missouri

Missouri teen gets 25 years for sister's shooting death

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Jasper County Sheriff's Office shows Tristan Potts, of Jasper, Mo. Potts was sentenced Monday, March 27, 2017, for second-degree murder, armed criminal action and attempted first-degree arson in the fatal shooting of his 12-year-old sister outside their rural southwest Missouri home in October 2015. Potts, who was certified to stand trial as an adult, pleaded guilty to the charges in December. (Jasper County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Jasper County Sheriff's Office shows Tristan Potts, of Jasper, Mo. Potts was sentenced Monday, March 27, 2017, for second-degree murder, armed criminal action and attempted first-degree arson in the fatal shooting of his 12-year-old sister outside their rural southwest Missouri home in October 2015. Potts, who was certified to stand trial as an adult, pleaded guilty to the charges in December. (Jasper County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

A southwestern Missouri teenager has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for fatally shooting his 12-year-old sister.

The Joplin Globe (http://bit.ly/2ncOK36 ) reports that 15-year-old Tristan Potts was sentenced Monday in Joplin. Potts pleaded guilty in December to charges of second-degree murder, armed criminal action and attempted first-degree arson.

Potts was 13 in October 2015 when he killed Teresa Potts outside their home near Jasper. Authorities say the siblings were adopted out of foster care.

Potts had been certified to stand trial as an adult.

A judge assigned Potts to a program in which a juvenile and adult sentence is simultaneously imposed, with the adult sentence suspended while the inmate undergoes treatment and vocational training. When he turns 21, the court determines whether he should remain in custody.

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Information from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe, http://www.joplinglobe.com