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Mich. teen guilty of killing woman when he was 14

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FLINT, Mich. (AP) -

A Flint teenager has been convicted of first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of an elderly woman, a homicide that occurred when he was 14.

Mark Jones Jr. now is 17. He faces a possible sentence of life in prison without parole.

Merlyne Wray was robbed and shot in her Flint home in 2010. The body of the 73-year-old was found in her recliner the next day.

The Flint Journal says a confession by Jones was a key part of the evidence. His lawyer tried to keep it out of the trial, citing the boy's age and other circumstances at the time of Jones' arrest. But the trial judge and the Michigan appeals court disagreed.

Jones will get his sentence on Dec. 9 in Genesee County Circuit Court.

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