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Teen told teacher he shot his dad

TNS Regional News • Mar 19, 2014 at 9:07 PM

The Scioto County teenager accused of killing his father on Sunday went to his teacher’s home for help.

In a 911 call released this morning by the Scioto County sheriff’s office, in response to a request through The Dispatch’s attorney, a clearly distraught and shaken James Sampson tells the dispatcher that one of his students, 14-year-old Pat Riley, had just shown up at his home on Junior Road.

“I have a 911 emergency and I’m not sure how to handle it,” said Sampson, a teacher at Green High School in Franklin Furnace.

“One of my students has just shown up to my house and said he needed help. I asked him what was wrong … he was crying. He’s here now. He told me he shot his dad.”

Sampson said the boy told him he shot his dad about 2:45 p.m. Sunday. The boy showed up at the teacher’s house, a few miles from his own home, just before 3:30 p.m.

Authorities arrived to find 48-year-old Michael P. Riley, shot to death at the Riley family's home at 678 Disterdick Rd.

Pat Riley was taken into custody and is being held in a juvenile detention center in Ross County.

The teenager had a detention hearing in Scioto County Juvenile Court on Monday. He has been charged in juvenile court with delinquency counts of aggravated murder, murder and receiving stolen property, Scioto County Prosecutor Mark Kuhn said.

Kuhn has filed court paperwork asking that he be tried as an adult.

Scioto County sheriff’s office Capt. David Hall said yesterday that the Riley family had moved to Franklin Furnace in December, and not much is known about them.

Hall told the Portsmouth Daily Times, “The kid told us he had just been pushed to the point with the verbal abuse, and he had just had enough.”

Initially, on Monday, both the sheriff’s office and the prosecutor refused to release the teenager’s name or the 911, violations of Ohio’s open records laws. This morning, in addition to the 911 call, the sheriff’s office also released the initial incident report, which lists Patrick Douglas Riley, the son, as the murder suspect.


By Holly Zachariah - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)

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