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

Lionel Tate

Age at Time of Crime: 12

Age at Conviction: 13

Crime: In July 1999, Tate was looking after 6-year-old Tiffany Eunick, when he came upstairs from the basement to tell his mom the girl had stop breathing. Tate claimed he was imitating wrestling moves on Eunick and accidentally pushed her, causing the girl to hit her head on the stairs. Due to the 35 injuries, including a lacerated liver and fractured skull, found on Eunick at the time of her death, the jury did not believe Tate's defense.

Sentence: Tate was eventually found guilty for second-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole, reports ABC News, becoming the youngest American to be given this sentence.