FRUITLAND — Tyler Naughton, 19, was originally charged with second-degree murder in the September slaying of 60-year-old Sherryl M. Kenney.
The teenager agreed to a plea deal July 5 that reduced the charge to voluntary manslaughter with a weapons enhancement. The deal also dropped a felony grand theft charge stemming from allegations that Naughton stole a truck during his getaway attempt.
Naughton could face up to 30 years in prison on the amended charges, Payette County Prosecutor Anne-Marie Kelso said. Voluntary manslaughter carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison, but the weapons enhancement could add 15 more to the sentence, she said.
The suspect was arrested the night of Sept. 2, 2012. His grandmothers body was discovered at her home south of Fruitland that morning. Kenney had been shot four times with a .22-caliber gun, Payette County Coroner Keith Schuller said.
Naughton was arrested in a stolen pickup truck in Adams County later that night, following a manhunt.
The teenager lived with his grandparents off-and-on, Kelso said. She said the case was the first she had ever prosecuted involving a teen or child killing a parent or grandparent.
Naughtons sentencing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Sept. 13 in Payette County.