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Debate over whether to try to move alleged NCHS shooter to adult court

Wed, 19 Sep 2012 15:22:33 CDT
By: Charlie Schlenker

There is discussion within the McLean County State's Attorney's Office whether to request that the 14 year old boy accused of hostage taking and weapons violations at NCHS should be tried as an adult. Top prosecutor Ron Dozier says there are several considerations.

The boy is less than 15 and so is not automatically eligible for adult charges. Dozier says the burden of convincing a judge to transfer the case to adult court is typically fairly high. Dozier says there may be more resources available to deal with youth problems in juvenile court than if he were handled in the adult correctional system. A gun the boy brought to class was fired several times, once during a teacher's struggle to disarm the boy. No one was physically hurt in the incident in an NCHS health class that prompted a lockdown of the school and an evacuation.


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