Houston teens sentenced after pleading guilty of parents' shooting

Tuesday, October 14, 2008 | 11:11 a.m. CDT

HOUSTON  — A southern Missouri teenager is sentenced to two consecutive life terms for having her boyfriend shoot her parents while they slept in their home.

Nineteen-year-old Amelia Bird pleaded guilty last week to second-degree murder and first-degree assault. She won't be eligible for parole until she's at least 60.

She was 16 at the time she talked her boyfriend, Chad Brantley, into shooting her parents at their home near Summersville.

Brantley fatally shot Bird's mother, Christina, and wounded her father, William, in January 2006. Brantley, now 21, pleaded guilty last month to first-degree assault, second-degree murder and two counts of armed criminal action.

Prosecutors have recommended four consecutive life sentences for Brantley, who was expected to testify against Bird if she want to trial.


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