Gatesville Teen Gets 45 Years Over Dad's Slaying

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

GATESVILLE, Texas (AP) - A judge today ordered 45 years in
prison for a 16-year-old Gatesville boy who pleaded guilty over his
role in the slaying of his father.
James Michael Grant II pleaded guilty Monday to murder.
The teen was certified to stand trial as an adult over the 2007
stabbing death of James Michael Grant. The body was dumped along a
The teen's mother, Leslie Megan Lewis-Grant and her boyfriend,
John Tarrell Hopkins, face trial later on capital murder charges.
Both remain in custody.
During the sentencing hearing, one of the youth's 15-year-old
friends testified that three months before the murder -- Grant told
him that he was going to kill his father in his sleep.
Psychologists testified that Grant was "tormented" and
"pathological," and another said he was disturbed as a child,
often drawing pictures of vampires, blood and murder.
Court documents indicate the teen called his mother's boyfriend
to the home after his father fell asleep.
The boyfriend allegedly stole a gun and money from the victim
and stabbed him. The teen was accused of helping carry the body to
a truck.

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