TYLER, TX (KLTV) - An East Texas teenager accused of killing his sister is now facing a first degree murder charge.
Police say 15-year-old Nathan Anderson shot his sister, Amanda last September at their family's home in Chapel Hill.
Because Nathan is a juvenile, a grand jury is allowed to issue sentencing recommendations.
"Mr. Anderson is charged with a first degree felony murder. Because it is a first degree, that enhanced range that can be approved by the grand jury, it is up to forty years in prison. The grand jury here did approve the enhanced sentencing range a couple weeks ago and the paperwork was filed on February 8th," said Defense Attorney Tonda Curry.
A Smith County Grand Jury is recommending a sentence of no more than 40 years, if Anderson is convicted of murder.
This means that the teen will be tried as a juvenile.
At a hearing, the judge ruled that Anderson will stay in the custody of the Smith County Juvenile Attention Center.
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