OKC Teen Accused Of Killing Baby Sister Won't Get Death Penalty

Tuesday, August 23rd 2011, 4:21 pm
By: News 9


OKLAHOMA CITY -- The 13-year-old Oklahoma City boy who admitted to police he shook his 9-month-old sister won't face a death penalty if convicted in the case.

Thirteen year old Crystian Rivera is being held in the Oklahoma County Jail without bond on a complaint of first-degree murder.

That charge carries the death penalty, but in Oklahoma, the minimum age for execution is 16-years-old.

If Rivera is formally charged with murder in the first degree, he could get life or life without parole.

Court documents show he admits to shaking his 9-month-old sister, Linda, who later died at a hospital. Rivera also admitted it happened after he became frustrated with a video game and the baby's crying.

He's being treated like an adult in this case.

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