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Judge OKs treatment plan for teen convicted of killing baby sister

An Oklahoma County judge approved a treatment plan for Crystian Rivera, 14, who fatally shook 9-month-old baby sister when she interrupted his video game. The teen was prosecuted as a youthful offender.
by Tim Willert Modified: November 30, 2012 at 8:37 pm •  Published: November 30, 2012
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Rivera's attorney said the boy is on a waiting list for two different facilities where he would receive counseling and take anger management and academic classes.

The treatment plan typically takes 15-18 months to complete but can be finished in 12 months, attorney Cesar Armenta said.

“We're optimistic it could be less,” Armenta said.

Rivera is being housed in the juvenile justice center until he can find placement.

He wore a gray sweatshirt and khaki pants Friday and was flanked by his parents, who left the girl and another sibling with Rivera while they were at work.

The parents, Carlos Beletzuy-Lopez and Linda Walleska Beletzuy, are awaiting trial on child neglect charges.

“I don't think he fully understands what's taken place,” Armenta said of the boy, adding that he has matured since the girl's death and has goals that include attending college when he is released from custody.

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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for FOXSports.com in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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