Boy Who Killed Neo-Nazi Father to Be Sent to Youth Facility - NBC Southern California

Boy Who Killed Neo-Nazi Father to Be Sent to Youth Facility

Joseph Hall admitted to shooting his neo-Nazi father in the head as he slept.



    Boy Who Killed Neo-Nazi Father Sent to State Facility

    A judge in Riverside ordered a 13-year-old boy convicted of killing his notorious neo-Nazi father to be locked up in a state facility in Stockton. His mother and attorney denounced the decision, saying the public facility won't be able to treat his needs. Patrick Healy reports from Riverside for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. Oct. 31, 2013. (Published Friday, Nov. 1, 2013)

    A judge on Thursday sentenced a 13-year-old boy, convicted of killing his neo-Nazi father, to a state youth correctional facility, making the legal finding that he would benefit from the commitment.

    "It's a horrific outcome," said the boy's attorney Punam Grewal, who had argue he should instead by placed in a private therapeutic facility in the state of Utah.  She  and trial attorney Matt Hardy indicated intent to appeal the ruling.

    Joseph Hall was sentenced to 40 years, but as a juvenile offender he must be released when he turns 23, or possibly sooner if a parole hearing finds he is rehabilitated. He could be eligible for a parole hearing in as early as five years.

    He was convicted of second degree murder in the shooting death of his father, regional neo-Nazi leader Jeff Hall, in the early morning ours of  May 1, 2011.   Hall was sleeping on a couch after an argument with his companion. Krista McCary.  Joseph Hall was 10 years old.

    Mom of Boy Who Killed Neo-Nazi Father: "It Looks Dim"

    [LA] Mom of Boy Who Killed Neo-Nazi Father: "It Looks Dim"
    The mother of a now-13-year-old boy who killed his neo-Nazi dad tells NBC4 she fears her son won't get an education behind bars, and his special needs won't be tended to if he's placed in a state-run institution. A judge is set to determine Friday where Joseph Hall will carry out his sentence. Patrick Healy reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Oct. 24, 2013.
    (Published Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013)

    “The court finds he is a minor with exceptional needs,” said Riverside Judge Jean Leonard, whose ruling included directives for the Department of Juvenile Justice to provide counseling and other measures.

    In an unusual request, the prosecutor, Riverside County Deputy District Attorney Mike Soccio, requested to be able to stay in contact with Joseph while he is kept in custody and Hall's attorney did not object.

    Soccio, who has expressed concern for the boy's well-being and rehabilitation, talked to Joseph after the hearing.

    Attorneys Fight to Keep Boy Who Killed Neo-Nazi Dad Out of State Lockup

    [LA] Attorneys Fight to Keep Boy Who Killed Neo-Nazi Dad Out of State Lockup
    After a boy was convicted of knowingly killing his father, the boy’s advocates claimed his disabilities should keep him out of a juvenile facility. According to the boy’s attorney, the boy should be placed in a facility where he can receive proper rehabilitation. Patrick Healy reports from Riverside for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on August 14, 2013.
    (Published Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013)

    Joseph, in a white dress shirt and vest, hair slicked down, tilted his head down during the ruling.

    His paternal grandmother Joann Becker was in court and afterwards visited with him. Tuesday she told NBC4 that Joseph is a "good kid. But he does have some issues. And they have to adddressed, so he doesn't hurt anybody else--or himself."

    The boy's parents had parted when he was only a year old.  He remained with his mother Letcia Neal several years before custody was awarded to Jeff Hall.  There was evidence the boy had been exposed to violence and abuse from an early age, and his behavioral and aggression issues were becoming apparent by pre-school.

    In the public eye, the case had become associated to a large extent with the father's activism in the National Socialist Movement Party.  After Thursday's ruling, in response to a reporter's question, Soccio said he did not believe Hall's politics were a direct motivating factor for the son.  Instead, Soccio thinks the troubled boy may have been reacting to statements his father made to his stepmother during the argument just hours before the shooting.  There was testimony that Hall threatened to leave McCary and set the house afire.  In the boy's state of mind, Soccio said, the 10-year-old may have seen shooting his father as a way to prevent another family break-up.




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