Teen sentenced for 2017 shooting death of mother’s boyfriend

June 17, 2019

DOVER, N.H. (AP) — A Farmington teenager has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for the shooting death of his mother’s boyfriend.

WMUR-TV reports that 17-year-old James Belyea was sentenced Monday to 40 years to life in prison.

Belyea was 15 in March 2017 when prosecutors say he shot 33-year-old James LePrade in the head while he slept. The teen also pleaded guilty to attempted murder for shooting his mother, who survived.

Belyea initially was charged as a juvenile but the case was later transferred to adult court.

LePrade’s obituary described him as an avid outdoorsman and Marine who had served in Iraq and Afghanistan.


Information from: WMUR-TV, http://wmur.com

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