The boy, now 13, entered the equivalent of a guilty plea in juvenile court. A second charge and two weapons specifications were dismissed.
In January 2011, the boy told a 911 dispatcher he shot his mother at home, near the rural town of Big Prairie.
He’ll be sentenced later and could be held in a youth facility until he’s 21. A defense attorney says he’ll ask that the boy go to a residential treatment facility with access to counseling.
A prosecutor told The Repository in Canton the plea deal avoids a trial that benefits no one.
The Associated Press generally doesn’t identify juveniles accused of crimes.