But Leonard said in her decision that the white supremacist beliefs did have an effect on the boy and "gave him thoughts normal kids don't have." Hardy maintains the boy isn't racist.
The challenge now for the legal system is to find the best place where the boy can be rehabilitated. Prosecutors said it's likely the boy, who is not being identified by The Associated Press because of his age, will most likely be placed in state custody, making him the youngest person currently in the custody of California's corrections department.
The blonde-haired boy, who wears glasses, showed no emotion after the verdict was read.
"He knew it was coming," Hardy said. "He's focused on trying to get it over with. Go someplace where he can get some help. He wants to be a normal kid and wants to have a normal life."
Hardy said he hoped the boy would not be sent to a juvenile lockup but rather be placed in a private facility that offers therapy, medical treatment and schooling.
"I just don't want him warehoused some place," said Hardy, who plans to appeal the judge's verdict. A sentencing hearing was set for Feb. 15. The boy could be jailed until he is 23.
Prosecutor Michael Soccio spoke to the boy after the hearing finished and said he wanted the child to know that his office wasn't "against him as a person. We want him to get help."
"He's a community problem in terms of what do we do about somebody that young," Soccio said outside of court. "It's an unbelievable case and a very difficult one for everybody involved and it will be all along."