One Missouri teenager was sentenced 25 years in prison after he fatally shot his 13-year-old sister and plotting to set fire to the house, which he did when he was just 12 years old. Now, the boy is 15 and faces a very adult sentence for his crimes.
Tristan Potts was charged with second-degree murder, armed criminal action and attempted first-degree arson, The Joplin Globe reports.
Officials say Tristan and his sibling were adopted out of foster care. Tristan certified to stand trial as an adult when he originally pled guilty in December.
The exact motive wasn’t clear but it appeared Tristan planned to kill his sister and set his family’s home on fire, while escaping to Georgie, where he was in contact with a female that helped him arrange everything.
The Daily Mail reports:
The detective said he found the home in ‘messy disarray,’ with black gunpowder strewn throughout the rooms and about 500 rounds of .22-caliber bullets in two skillets in the kitchen.
Carriger also testified that the investigation turned up three lists that bore the fingerprints of Tristan Potts, including one titled ‘Supplies for Georgia.’
Investigators later learned that the boy had been in contact on Facebook with a female in Georgia.
Items on the to-do-lists, including a gun and food, were found near the home’s front door.
As part of the sentence, a judge assigned Potts to a program in which a juvenile and adult sentence is simultaneously imposed, with the adult sentence suspended while the inmate undergoes treatment and vocational training.
When he turns 21, the court determines whether he should remain in custody.