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Family Members Persuaded Teens to Turn Themselves In

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Two 17-year-old boys could spend the rest of their lives in prison after allegedly murdering a 78-year-old man, out for his nightly walk.

One day after their arrests, we're learning family members persuaded these young men to turn themselves in.

Police first told us they had few clues to go on in Milton Raffle's homicide, but police got a break in the case while investigating a nearby home burglary.

Brandon Roberts and Nadeem Alferikh, both 17, have been formally charged as adults. They allegedly admitted to shooting Milton Raffle while trying to rob him.

Raffle didn't take his wallet or his ID on the walk, family members told FOX 10. He didn't have any money with him. In the end, they got away with nothing except his life.

"We're very sorry very sorry. There's nothing we can do. I would give up my life for that man right now but you know, what's done is done," says Michael Hutchinson, Brandon Roberts' uncle.

Hutchison says his nephew Brandon Roberts confessed to pulling the trigger.

"I'm so sorry and the family is very sorry. You know you can only have so much control over your children when they get to be that age."

Police say Roberts and Alferikh met at Sand Lilly Park to buy drugs. When they got there, investigators say the teens saw 78-year-old Raffle on his walk and decided to try and rob him. During that attempted robbery, police say they shot him in the head.

Raffle is a Korean War vet, a husband, father, and grandfather.

Raffle's son Beau is heartbroken. "Why, why would somebody do this? My dad is the kind of person that he would go on those walks and if he had 20 bucks on him he would find somebody who was homeless and give them 20 bucks just to help them out."

Police didn't have much to go on until a person in the neighborhood came forward saying he suspected some teens who hang out at the park had broken into his home and stolen his gun. Turns out it was the same gun used to shoot Raffle.

The teens' parents convinced them to confess, police told FOX 10.

"He told the truth which is hard I mean he's only 17 and he's going to spend the rest of his life in jail," says Roberts' dad Karl.

"It was an accident. Brandon already admitted to it, it was an accident," says Hutchinson.

Family members say they teens didn't know how to use the gun. The county attorney's office tells us one of the boys has never been in trouble before.

The other has a previous arrest for threatening and intimidating -- but the case was dismissed because he was found incompetent.

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