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Pa. Teen Convicted in Neighbor’s Death

January 25, 2003 GMT

SUNBURY, Pa. (AP) _ A teenager faces life in prison after being convicted of first-degree murder, kidnapping, rape and assault in the death of his 6-year-old neighbor.

Brandon Brown, 17, was convicted Friday in the death of Jasmine Stoud, whose body was found Aug. 12, 2001, at the bottom of an embankment near a former high school. Stoud’s skull was crushed and there was evidence of the girl being sexually assaulted, authorities said.

Brown stood with his hands in his pockets and showed no emotion as the verdict was read following about three hours of deliberations.


``Justice was served here,″ Northumberland County District Attorney Anthony Rosini told The Daily Item of Sunbury for Saturday’s editions. ``This kid deserves the sentence he’s going to get, which is life.″

Rosini originally sought the death penalty, but changed his mind in January 2002 after a state Superior Court ruling barred the death penalty in cases where the defendant was under 16 when the crime was committed.

The first-degree murder charge carries a mandatory life sentence.