Youth won't be punished for burglary

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A 14-year-old boy who watched his 16-year-old friend die in his arms won't be punished for a burglary if he stays out of trouble.

The decision by a Shelby County Juvenile Court judge on Monday was supported by the homeowner who shot the older boy inside his home, fearing for his life.

According to The Commercial Appeal, homeowner William Evans fatally shot 16-year-old Teryan Reed in November after Reed and the 14-year-old broke into his home. Evans had called 911, but said he saw the older boy raise his left hand and Evans fired a handgun.

The younger boy helped Reed out a window, but the older youth collapsed in the street.

Evans said the younger boy has time to "go down another road."

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