A Riverside County judge decided on Thursday that a 13-year-old boy convicted of murdering his neo-Nazi father would remain in a juvenile detention facility until he is eligible for parole.
Attorneys for the boy had argued that he should be sent to a private, residential treatment facility.
The killing took place in May 2011 when the boy, 10 at the time, put a .357 Magnum to his sleeping father’s head and pulled the trigger.
Jeffrey Hall, the boy’s father, was a local neo-Nazi leader who often held meetings at the family’s Riverside County home.
Prior to the shooting, the home was visited several times by police and Child Protective Services officials.
Psychiatrists testified that the boy’s father often beat him and raised him in an environment in which violence was encouraged as a way of solving problems.
The boy told detectives he planned the killing so his dad couldn’t beat him anymore, and so that his father wouldn’t divorce his stepmother.
Since his arrest, the boy has allegedly attacked a teacher and started several fights with students after making negative racial slurs, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
He will be eligible for parole in seven years, but the hearing could take place sooner should he exhibit good behavior.
His attorneys were expected to file an appeal.