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Simi teen admits slaying mom

first_img “He was very concerned about what his family, especially his sister and father, would have to endure if the case went to a jury trial,” he said. “Also, it was extremely important to him that he leave with the hope that maybe he could be released.” Ratner said Amico might be eligible for parole after 26 years, but that there is no guarantee. The former Royal High School student was 15 years old when he stabbed Reina Amico, 41, multiple times inside their Blackwall Drive home. The teenager was arrested at a relative’s home in Van Nuys several hours later. Angie Valencia-Martinez, (805) 583-7604 [email protected] SIMI VALLEY – A Simi Valley teen pleaded guilty Wednesday to murdering his mother, admitting that he fatally stabbed her in May 2004. Jason Amico, now 17, faces 26 years to life in prison when he is sentenced Dec. 19. Officials said he likely will be sentenced to a California Youth Authority facility until he is 21, when he will be transferred to prison. “He really hated his mother,” prosecutor Stacy Ratner said. “He just decided that he did not want her to be alive anymore and he didn’t want to live in the world with her so he killed her.” Deputy Public Defender Randy Tucker said the teen didn’t want to put his family through a murder trial. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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