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.

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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.

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

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