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Indiana teen who was 13 when he murdered will go to prison for more than 60 years

The shooting victim was 18
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Posted at 5:12 PM, Jan 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-14 17:12:36-05

GOSHEN — A teenager who was just 13 when he shot and killed an 18-year-old could spend the rest of his life in prison.

16-year-old Alphonso James was sentenced to 63 years in prison at a Thursday hearing in Elkhart County Circuit Court.

At a bench trial last year, James was convicted in the September 2018 murder of Jaren Minies in Elkhart. Authorities said a dispute over a gun, money and a video game led to the shooting. Minies died shortly after being shot multiple times.

During his trial, James said the shooting was a case of self-defense because Minies had aimed a gun at him.