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Southern Calif. teen sentenced to 21 years in prison for killing gay classmate
VENTURA, Calif. (AP) ' A Southern California teenager has been sentenced to 21 years in state prison for killing a gay student during a computer lab class three years ago.
Brandon McInerney didn't speak on Monday but his attorney said his client is deeply remorseful for the murder of 15-year-old Larry King. The victim's family said they couldn't forgive their son's killer.
In a deal reached with Ventura County prosecutors last month, McInerney agreed to avoid a retrial and plead guilty to second-degree murder, as well as one count each of voluntary manslaughter and use of a firearm.
A mistrial was declared in September when jurors couldn't reach an unanimous decision on the degree of guilt.
The trial was moved from Ventura County to Los Angeles because of pretrial publicity.