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Mar 14, 2013 5:12 PM by AP

19-year-old pleads guilty to killing boy in 2010

ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. (AP) - A 19-year-old has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder of an 8-year-old boy whose throat was slashed in June 2010.

The Advocate reports that Trevor Reese dropped his insanity defense and pleaded guilty on Thursday in St. Francisville.

He had been scheduled for trial Monday on a charge of first-degree murder.

At his sentencing hearing, District Judge William Carmichael will consider whether Reese should have a chance for parole.

Louisiana law sets life without parole as the only sentence for second-degree murder. However, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that for people who committed crimes as juveniles, life without any consideration of the possibility of parole is unconstitutional.

The victim, Jackson Attuso, was one of twins born in Russia and adopted by a Clinton couple.

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