Teen Who Shot Gay Classmate Learns Fate

Brandon McInerney sentenced to 21 years in state prison

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    Lawrence King was shot and killed in February 2008 in an Oxnard middle school computer lab.

    A Southern California teenager has been sentenced to 21 years in state prison for killing a gay student during a computer lab class three years ago.

    Brandon McInerney didn't speak on Monday but his attorney said his client is deeply remorseful for the murder of 15-year-old Larry King. The victim's family said they couldn't forgive their son's killer.

    In a deal reached with Ventura County prosecutors last month, McInerney agreed to avoid a retrial and plead guilty to second-degree murder, as well as one count each of voluntary manslaughter and use of a firearm.

    A mistrial was declared in September when jurors couldn't reach an unanimous decision on the degree of guilt.

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    Jurors told the judge they were unable to reach a unanimous decision on whether Brandon McInerney was guilty of killing classmate Larry King.

    The trial was moved from Ventura County to Los Angeles because of pretrial publicity.