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12-Year-Old Boy Allegedly Murdered Man Who Wouldn’t Sell Him Guns

Milwaukee, WI – A 12-year-old Milwaukee boy is facing an intentional homicide charge after he allegedly shot a man to death because he refused to sell the boy his guns, according to prosecutors.

The fatal shooting occurred on March 15 at a residence located in the 3300-block of North 38th Street, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

According to a criminal complaint filed by the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office, a cousin of 34-year-old Brandon Felton went to Felton’s home on March 18 because he hadn’t been able to reach him in several days, NBC News reported.

Felton’s cousin found him dead in a pool of blood, according to police.

Investigators said the victim had been shot once in the back of the head.

A Domino’s pizza receipt was discovered lying near a spent shell casing at the scene, NBC News reported.

“Police located a receipt in the living room on an end table (the same end table where the aforementioned casing was found),” the criminal complaint read. “That receipt was for a ‘Domino’s Pizza’ order which showed an order for food was placed by ‘Brandy.’”

There was also a phone number listed on the receipt, so a detective dialed it up, NBC News reported.

The detective described the person who answered as a “young-sounding male,” according to court documents.

The juvenile said he didn’t know anyone named Brandy, then hung up on the detective.

The child’s mother ultimately hauled him over to the police station to speak with investigators, NBC News reported.

The boy allegedly provided detectives with multiple inconsistent statements until police showed him the pizza receipt.

Investigators said he admitted he was at Felton’s house playing video games when he was killed, but he claimed one of Felton’s friends was the one who pulled the trigger, NBC News reported.

The boy said Felton’s friend then went into Felton’s bedroom and stole his shotgun and an AR-15, according to court documents.

Police obtained a search warrant for the suspect’s phone and allegedly found messages between him and two other people discussing plans to steal Felton’s firearms, CNN reported.

On March 15 – the day investigators said Felton was killed – a message sent from the suspect’s phone read “I’m gonna do it to Brandan,” according to NBC News.

“Or should I kill him [right now]?” another message read. “I’m belting him don’t got time for dude going after my family.”

Investigators said the suspect confessed to his mother that he lied to police about what happened and that he had decided to steal Felton’s guns because he refused to sell them to him, according to CNN.

The boy faces a sentence of up to life in prison if he is convicted.

His bond was set at $100,000, CNN reported.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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