JSO: Boy, 12, charged with killing homeless man

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. —

A 12-year old boy has been arrested for murder.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office arrested Sharron Sherman Townsend for the killing of 54-year-old Thomas Trent on 103rd Street last month.

Trent was homeless.

Early in the investigation, police posted surveillance video to YouTube showing two kids walking down the street.

Authorities identified one kid who was already in jail on unrelated charges.  He led police to Townsend, according to detectives.

Police then questioned Townsend who admitted to being on the video and to shooting Trent.

Sharron is not the first 12-year-old to be facing murder charges in Jacksonville.


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In 2013, Jacksonville's youngest murder suspect, Cristian Fernandez, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of his 2-year-old brother.

Investigators said Cristian, 12 at the time of the attack, beat his younger brother to death in 2011.

Doctors said David Galarriago suffered more than a dozen strikes to his head.  He lost consciousness and died days after the beating.

Cristian will be held in a juvenile jail until he turns 19.  He will then be placed on eight years of probation.  He faces up to 15 years in prison as an adult if he violates his probation.

His mother, Biannela Susana, pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter for her role in her child's death.  She received a suspended sentence of 10 years in prison.


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