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Juvenile suspect in torture death of West Yellowstone boy to be tried as adult

Posted at 12:49 PM, Feb 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-19 19:53:46-05

BOZEMAN - 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 Feb. 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.

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