Teen convicted of killing mother over video game

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January 13, 2009 08:38

 
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Although a teenager's obsession with a violent video game may have warped his sense of reality, the boy is guilty of murdering his mother and wounding his father after they took "Halo 3" away from him, a judge ruled. "I firmly believe that Daniel Petric had no idea at the time he hatched this plot that if he killed his parents they would be dead forever," Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge said Monday. Nonetheless, Burge rejected the defense attorneys' argument that Petric, 17, was not guilty by reason of insanity. The defense did not contest that Petric shot his parents in October 2007 after they took the game away from him, but insisted that the teen's youth and addiction made him less responsible.

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