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Published On: Fri, Jan 4th, 2013

Jonathan Rowles, Florida teen who confessed to murdering his mother, will learn fate on Friday

A judge’s decision Friday afternoon will determine the fate of Jonathan Rowles, the teen who murdered his mother two years ago.

Rowles, now 15, could be found “delinquent” (the juvenile equivalent of guilty) and nearly two and a half years after the shooting, would launch an evaluation process that will determine his disposition, the juvenile version of sentencing.

Jonathan Rowles age 13

Jonathan Rowles age 13

While the teen doesn’t face prison time, the juvenile system focuses on rehabilitation, rather than punishment — a delinquency finding could affect Rowles for several years.

A 15-year-old Florida boy has admitted to shooting his mother two years after telling police that she was killed at the hands of an intruder.

During a court hearing Tuesday, investigators said that Jonathan Rowles came clean to them that there was no break-in at his Naples home, and that he was the one who pulled the trigger one Sunday in August of 2010, gunning down his 39-year-old Mother, Kelly Rowles.

‘He said, “Yes, it was an accident, and I’m sorry for lying,”‘ Collier County sheriff’s detective David Hurm Sr said during the hearing.

Rowles could also leave Collier Circuit Judge Ramiro Mañalich’s third-floor courtroom free of the juvenile justice system, cleared in the shooting death of his mother.
 Rowles’ father, 42-year-old Christopher Rowles, was arrested in March and remains jailed on $100,000 bond for allegedly molesting a 14-year-old girl at least a dozen times over a three-year period.
Kelly Rowles

Kelly Rowles

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