A 13-year-old boy was convicted Friday of beating another teen to death with a baseball bat after his team lost its first game of the season.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Richard Naranjo found the teen guilty of second-degree murder in juvenile court.
The boy, whose name was not released because he is a minor, struck 15-year-old Jeremy Rourke in the knee and again in the head after an April 12 youth league game. Jeremy died later that night.
The teen’s sentencing was scheduled for July 28.
His sentence could range from probation to imprisonment until he is 25, said district attorney spokeswoman Jane Robison.
The 13-year-old, who was a pitcher in the game, testified during the trial that he felt threatened by the much bigger teen. He said Jeremy pushed him and used a racial slur as the two waited in line at the concession stand in Palmdale, about 40 miles northeast of Los Angeles.
Defense attorney William McKinney said his client was acting in self-defense. The defendant is black and Jeremy was white, but McKinney said he did not believe the incident was racially motivated.