OKC Boy Accused Of Killing Sister To Be Tried As Youthful Offender

Friday, February 10th 2012, 5:48 pm

By: News 9

An Oklahoma City boy accused of murdering his baby sister will be tried as a youthful offender. That's the decision an Oklahoma County judge handed down to Crystian Rivera on Friday.

8/23/2011 Related Story: OKC Teen Accused Of Killing Baby Sister Won't Get Death Penalty

According to police, Crystian Rivera, 13, said he was playing a video game and was distracted when his baby sister, 9-month-old Linda Beletzuy, fell and started to cry.

Rivera told police he then became frustrated when his man died in the game. The document stated the 13-year-old admitted he shook his sister, went back to playing his game, and then fell asleep.

8/22/2011 Related Story: OKC Teen Faces Murder Charge In 9-Month-Old Sister's Death

The baby girl died from her injuries on Friday, August 19.

Being tried as a youthful offender is not the same as being tried as a juvenile. As a youthful offender, the boy can be bridged as an adult if he violates his probation .

We are still waiting to hear when Rivera will be back in court.


8/23/2011 Related Story: Living Behind Bars, What's Next For OKC Teen Accused Of Killing Sister

9/28/2011 Related Story: Parents Of 13-Year-Old Accused Of Killing Sister Charged In Case

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