The nine year old St. John’s boy accused of shooting his father and his father’s friend entered a guilty plea today to negligent homicide. The unknown details of the case will likely come out during the disposition or sentencing phase of the juvenile proceeding. This result could be seen as a win/win for the boy and society. There was a strong possibility that this young boy would be found incompetent to stand trial and in that case he would not be under mandatory treatment by the state/county. It also appears that the plea includes keeping this young boy out of juvenile detention so that he can receive the treatment he needs. Story here. The defense attorneys who worked on this case appear to have done excellent work for this young boy. No matter what the charges, it is important for juvenile defendants to seek the advice of an attorney prior to appearing in court.
St. John’s Boy Enters Guilty Plea19 February 2009 by | Category: Criminal Defense Law
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