A 13-year-old boy has admitted shooting dead a teen girl because he wrongly thought she was pregnant with his child.
Prosecutors in the case said 14-year-old schoolgirl Sylvia McGee was shot dead a block away from her home in Canton, Ohio, following the spreading of a false pregnancy rumour.
The teen boy believed Sylvia was pregnant with his child and allegedly shot her once in the head with a .38-celibre semi-automatic handgun in March, according to local reports.
The gun used in the shooting has never been found.
After his arrest, the teen claimed to have carried out the execution-style killing because he believed Sylvia was pregnant and he was the father of her child, reports the The Sun.
Assistant prosecutor Michelle Cordova said an autopsy showed Sylvia was not pregnant, adding that she was not the defendant's girlfriend.
She told a court the false pregnancy rumours had been behind the tragedy.
Ms Cordova said: "That is what I believe got this whole thing started. There was no evidence of any other reason for this.”
The now 14-year-old boy, who is being tried as a juvenile due to his age at the time of Sylvia's death, has reportedly accepted one count of murder, reduced from aggravated murder.
He also pleaded guilty to obstructing justice by giving false and misleading information to police, as well as an accompanying gun specification.
He must remain in youth prison until he is 21 years old.
However, the teen could face longer in custody, as a sentencing judge in January will decide whether to sentence him as a serious youth offender, which could add 18 years' life imprisonment to his jail term.
The killer received the youth sentence after a co-defendant, 14, admitted tapmering with evidence, obstructing justice and being an accomplice to murder.
Prosecutor John Ferrero reportedly told the court the agreement was made to avoid putting Sylvia's family through a jury trial, and they had supported the decision in the "tragic" case.
He said: "Our hands were tied. I just thought it was the worst of the worst cases I’ve seen here.
Following the sentencing, one of Sylvia's family member said the teen had planned to move to New York to work as a beautician and dreamed of opening her own business one day.
She said she had been the kind of girl who got along with everyone: "She didn't deserve that. She wasn't that type of a kid. She was upbeat and funny."
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