A 14-year-old boy who allegedly stabbed his 84-year-old neighbor to death in New York may be considering a potential plea deal in the case, according to reports.
On Jan. 25, neighbors of Eva Fuld contacted police after noticing the senior citizen’s car was gone and requested a wellbeing check. Responding officers found Fuld’s mutilated body inside her Grant's Village apartment. According to court documents, the retired teacher was stabbed 43 times, WSTM-TV reported.
Four days earlier, on Jan. 21, Jahkim Robinson allegedly had gained entry into Fuld’s home by force, stabbed and killed her and stole her wallet, credit cards and keys to her car, police said.
Robinson, who lived two doors down from Fuld, was identified as a suspct in the murder after he and two unnamed juveniles, who have not been charged in connection to the case, got into a police chase in Fuld's car and he was allegedly caught with her possessions.
Syracuse’s The Post-Standard reported Robinson’s case could now hinge on a possible plea deal offer from the district attorney’s office. If convicted of second-degree murder as an adult, according to the publication, Robinson could face a maximum sentence of life in prison. If he’s found guilty of the charges against him based on his young age and other mitigating factors, however, he could have the chance to be paroled in as little as five to nine years, depending on the judge’s decision.
No plea deal was presented during a Sept. 13 hearing, and the murder case is currently heading toward a trial. The Post-Standard noted the case’s slow progress through the court system is a result of lawyers investigating the suspect’s background, including education and childhood circumstances, which could affect his potential punishment if he is convicted.