America's Youngest Convicted Killers

As one of America's youngest convicted killers goes free, we look back at the other troubled youths who spent their childhood behind bars

Paul Gingerich

Age at Time of Crime: 12

Age at Conviction: 12

Crime: In April 2010, Gingerich and 15-year-old friend, Colt Lundy, allegedly shot and killed Lundy's stepfather Phillip Danner in a premeditated attack in Lake Wawasee, Indiana.

Sentence: Gingerich was sentenced as an adult to 25 years in prison for his part in Danner's murder, after pleading guilty to conspiring to murder Lundy's stepfather. The boy was sent to a juvenile facility to start serving his sentence until he turned 18 and could be moved to adult prison. According to IndyStar, Gingerich may never have to go to adult prison, due to a 2013 plea deal. The deal allows Gingerich a chance to be released on probation as early as his 18th birthday as long as his good behavior behind bars continues.