Chapter 18: Equity

Pontiac, Michigan - Eleven-year-old convicted murderer Austin Williams heard himself described as both a "sociopath" and a "regular kid" as the sentencing phase of his trial began Monday. The four-foot-six-inch fourth-grader faces a potential life sentence without parole for the shooting deaths of his mother, Bernice Fortune, and two teenaged neighbors last October. Williams' aunt, Helen Battrick, pleaded for leniency, saying that the youth "just thought he was playing a game" when he used his mother's semiautomatic pistol to fire at students disembarking from a school bus in front of his house.

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