A 13-year-old Kershaw County boy pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter
, admitting to fatally shooting his 10-year-old brother because he took his spot to sit and watch television.
Prosecutors said the boys and their 15-year-old half-sister were home because school was canceled after forecasters called for a snowstorm that never happened.
Their parents had gone to a recycling center when the sister heard the boys arguing, told them to stop, then left the room, authorities said.
That’s when the 13-year-old grabbed a loaded rifle, which their father kept leaning against the bedroom wall, pointed it at his brother and fired, investigators said.
Gayloyd Roberts was pronounced dead at Palmetto Health Richland about 90 minutes later.
“I can’t think of anything more tragic and horrific than killing your brother over something so simple.
“ said 5th Circuit Deputy Solicitor John Meadors during the hearing in Kershaw County Family Court.
The 13-year-old, who according to court officials has since been prescribed Zoloft — used to treat depression and anxiety — will be sentenced in about 45 days. A psychiatrist found him competent to stand trial, they said.
Under the maximum sentence, he would have to remain in the custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice until age 21.
The boy’s 15-year-old half-sister, 8-year-old brother and 6-year-old sister remain in a foster home.
The boy also has an 18-year-old half-brother, who was not at the hearing.
Some of the children had been in foster care before the shooting — some of them more than once — because of conditions in the home
, authorities said. But they would not provide details.
The 13-year-old boy, who is in the eighth grade, has been in special education classes throughout his childhood and is “slow,”
The shooting has cost her daughter custody of her children and could ruin her daughter’s relationship with Roberts, she said.
Self and Roberts have lived together for 14 years.
“As far as I know, if he goes to trial and he gets sent off, that’s the end of him and her,” she said.
Eddins had visited the 13-year-old, whose nickname is “Bubba,” while he was in custody two weeks after the shooting and tried to find out what happened, she said.
“I said, ‘Bubba, were you upset? He said, ‘No ma’am.’ I said, ‘Bubba were you mad about something?’ He said, ‘No ma’am.’
“To me, he hasn’t said he’s sorry.”