AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A judge has ruled one of three teenage boys charged in the strangling and stabbing of a Maine woman can be prosecuted as an adult.

The Kennebec Journal reports District Court Judge Andrew Benson issued the ruling, which was released Monday.

The boy’s attorney called the decision “tremendously unfortunate” and said the 16-year-old should stay at Long Creek until he’s 21.

The boy, who was 15 at the time, and the woman’s son are charged with murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the April 2018 death of 47-year-old Kimberly Mironovas (mih-RON’-uh-vus).

A judge could decide next month whether to try Mironovas’ son as an adult. A third teen pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder and has been committed to long Creek until he is 21.

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