The boy accused of killing a 15-year-old gay student in California has been offered a plea deal that would lessen his sentence, the Ventura County Star reported.

District Attorney Greg Totten said he will allow Brandon McInerney, 15, to plead guilty to first-degree murder in exchange for a lighter sentence.

“It would bring it down, from a maximum of 53 years to life, to 25 years to life,” Senior Deputy District Attorney Maeve Fox, the lead prosecutor in the case, told the paper.

McInerney is being tried as an adult in the death of Lawrence King, a gay student murdered last February in Oxnard, California. McInerney was 14 last year when he shot King twice in the head during a morning English class. King survived the night, but died on Valentine's Day after being pronounced brain dead. Police arrested McInerney a few blocks from school.

King told friends and family that he was gay, often wore makeup and is reported to have teased boys.

McInerney has also been charge with committing a hate crime.

In May, King's family was cleared to sue the foster home where the boy was living for wrongful death. The family says counselors at Casa Pacifica are responsible for the eight-grader's death because they encouraged him to express his sexuality.

In a brief submitted to the court earlier this year, prosecutors alleged investigators had found a training video in McInerney's possession titled Shooting in Realistic Environments and various neo-Nazi books.

Citing McInerney's troubled home and young age, defense lawyers have asked the court for leniency.