RIVERSIDE - A Superior Court judge wants some questions answered before sentencing a 12-year-old boy who killed his neo-Nazi father in 2011.

The boy was scheduled to be sentenced Friday at Riverside Superior Court, but the hearing was continued to March 1 so probation officers could add information to their report.

Judge Jean P. Leonard will consider the updated information when deciding on the boy's placement.

Leonard sought more information about the boy's mental health, specifically asking if he had been prescribed any medication and whether he had taken any prescriptions the day of the murder.

The judge also asked that a copy of the boy's Individualized Education Program - objectives for a child who has been found with a disability - be included in the report.

Leonard requested that the report be ready by March. She said she plans to read more documents and then talk with lawyers and probation officers at the next hearing.

It was unclear if the boy will be sentenced then, though.

"I will be surprised if we go that day," Leonard said during Friday's quick meeting.

"I'll be ready, but we'll have to see about everybody else."

Leonard will eventually decide whether the boy will be housed at the Department of Juvenile Justice or placed in alternative treatment.

The boy will likely be placed in the state's juvenile system because it is a secured, locked-down facility, said Michael Soccio, chief deputy district attorney of Riverside County.

But Soccio said he is willing to listen to suggestions of other locked-down facilities from the defense.

The department offers more mental health programs than any other facilities and is a tough facility, he said.

"But we haven't built facilities for 10-year-old killers," Soccio said.

In January, Leonard determined that the boy, who has not been named in court, knew right from wrong when he fatally shot his father Jeff Hall, a regional leader for the National Socialist Movement.

The boy, who was 10 years old at the time of his father's death, was also found responsible for his actions, which included second-degree murder, Leonard determined at the last hearing at the Riverside Superior Court.


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