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Juvenile suspect in West Yellowstone boy's death to be tried as adult

Posted at 2:34 PM, Feb 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-19 16:34:11-05

The Gallatin County Attorney's Office confirms that a 14-year-old suspect in the murder of a 12-year-old West Yellowstone boy will be charged as an adult.

James Sasser III was arrested last Wednesday , along with James Sasser Jr. and Patricia Batts, in connection with the death of James Alex Hurley, 12, outside of West Yellowstone, on or about February 3, 2020.

According to prosecutors, the three are responsible for the “systematic torture” that led to Hurley’s death.

James Sasser III was being held on $500,000 bail at a juvenile facility in Billings and will be transported back to Gallatin County to face charges as an adult.

This is a developing story and will be updated.