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Mich. Jury Convicts Boy of Murder

November 16, 1999

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) _ One of the nation’s youngest murder defendants was found guilty today of second-degree murder for shooting a man to death in 1997, when he was 11 years old.

Jurors rejected a conviction on first-degree murder charges against Nathaniel Abraham, now 13. Such a conviction could have meant life in prison without parole. With the second-degree murder conviction, the boy faces a maximum of life in prison with the possibility of parole.

The jury deliberated over four days after listening to eight days of testimony.

Nathaniel was accused of shooting Ronnie Greene, 18, outside a convenience store in this northern Detroit suburb on Oct. 29, 1997.

His case gained widespread attention as he became the first youth to be charged with first-degree murder and tried as an adult under a January 1997 Michigan law that allows adult prosecutions of children of any age in certain serious felony cases.

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