The juvenile equivalent of sentencing is scheduled this morning for Jonathan Rowles, the East Naples teen found criminally responsible for the 2010 shooting death of his mother.
Rowles, 15, faces time in a juvenile justice residential facility after he was found delinquent, the juvenile version of guilty, on a single charge of manslaughter. Rowles shot his mother, Kelly Ann, 39, from behind as she sat in a chair in their East Naples home 2 1/2 years ago.
The teen has called the shooting accidental, and no evidence has been presented that Rowles intentionally killed his mother. Collier Circuit Judge Ramiro Mañalich, who issued the delinquent ruling, said Rowles' negligence and recklessness, while unintentional, led to his mother's death.
Mañalich has several sentencing options available, but a cursory search of closed juvenile manslaughter cases shows most defendants were sent to residential facilities.
Visit www.naplesnews.com for a live blog of the 9 a.m. hearing and updates on the hearing throughout the morning.
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