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Arizona teenage girl gets 12 years in prison for father’s murder

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PHOENIX – An Arizona teenager accused of conspiring with her adult boyfriend to kill her adoptive father two years ago was sentenced to more than 10 years in prison Thursday, authorities said.

Jocelyn Nicole Norton was 15 when she was arrested following the Oct. 23, 2017, fatal shooting of 59-year-old John Norton Sr. in Tonopah, about 50 miles west of downtown Phoenix.

She was initially charged as an adult with first-degree murder. Last month, she pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and two lesser charges.

On Thursday, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Pamela Gates sentenced Norton, now 17, to 12 years in prison.

Daniel Robert Stroh, who authorities believe pulled the trigger, faces a first-degree murder charge. Stroh, 23, currently is being evaluated for mental competency.

According to a Phoenix New Times report on court proceedings last year, Norton’s attorney said Stroh fathered the teen’s baby.

Investigators said Norton gave Stroh, who was 21 at the time, a gun and told him to shoot her father, who did not approve of their relationship.

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