A decade ago, Brandon Roses became Oregon’s youngest murder defendant at the age of 10. He had shot his 5-year-old sister Charolette to death with his father’s hunting rifle. The case was publicized worldwide, covered by the likes of Jerry Springer, Montel Williams, and Oprah Winfrey. Brandon pleaded guilty to the equivalent of second-degree manslaughter and was put on probation up to age 25.
The Oregonian in Portland spent a year reconstructing the case and telling the story of how Brandon and his family put their lives together. A judge ended his probation, and he lives at home with his parents and a younger brother. Brandon works as a lot attendant at a car dealership, earning the $10,000 he needs to pay for a two-year Mormon Church missionary program.