Boy gets life for 'Scream' copycat death

Los Angeles - A 17-year-old boy was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday for stabbing his mother to death, and his cousin received 25 years-to-life for holding her down in what they said was a deed inspired by the horror film "Scream".

The boys began talking about committing a real murder by replicating killings in the 1996 Wes Craven film in which teenagers are slaughtered by killers obsessed with horror movies.

Mario Padilla, 17, and Samuel Ramirez, 15, killed Padilla's mother last year and robbed her of 150 dollars that had been set aside as a baptism gift for her month-old daughter.

On January 13, 1998, the two boys burst into Mario Padilla's home where the youth grabbed his mother from behind as she sat in front of her computer.

With Ramirez holding her down, Padilla used at least four different knives and a screwdriver to stab his 37-year-old mother Gina Lenore Castillo 45 times, according to testimony.

The judge in the trial barred any mention during the trial of the box office teen hits "Scream" (1996) or "Scream 2" (1997).

Filming has already begun on "Scream 3." - Sapa-AFP


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