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Teen sentenced to prison for murder of Grant Union High School student JJ Clavo

Keymontae Lindsey was 15 years old at the time of the shooting. Under SB 1391, the longest the juvenile justice system is allowed to hold minors is up to age 23.

SACRAMENTO, Calif — EDITOR'S NOTE: A previous version of this story state that Keymontae Lindsey was sentenced to four years in prison. The length of his sentencing has yet to be determined by the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

The teen who killed Grant High School football player Jaulon “JJ” Clavo in 2015 was sentenced to prison, though the length of his sentencing has yet to be determined by the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Dr. Nicole Clavo was in juvenile court on Thursday as her son’s killer, 19-year-old Keymontae Lindsey, learned his sentence.

Because of Senate Bill 1391, which was signed into law in 2018 by former Gov. Jerry Brown, Lindsey could not be charged as an adult due to his age at the time the crime was committed; Lindsey was only 15 years old when he killed Clavo. 

Under SB 1391, the longest the juvenile justice system is allowed to hold minors is up to age 23. Had Lindsey been sentenced as an adult, he could have received life in prison.

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