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Carl Newton Mahan was only 6-years-old when he became the youngest person ever to get tried for murder not only in the state of Kentucky, but in the United States as well. On May 18, 1929, Carl and his friend, Cecil Van Hoose, were playing outside when they stumbled upon a piece of scrap iron. They knew they could sell it to a dealer for some pocket change. A fervent argument broke out between them as both boys tried to lay claim on the iron. Cecil eventually snatched it from Carl and slapped him in the face. Carl ran back home and retrieved his father’s 12-gauge shotgun, then went back outside and yelled out, ‘’I’m going to shoot you!’’ before pulling the trigger. The young boy was convicted of manslaughter and was sentenced to 15 years in reform school, only to be released to his parents on a $500 bail. Ultimately, Carl was able to go back home and carry on with his life, as it was against procedure to try a person that young.

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Originally posted 2017-12-12 05:07:41.