Could 'child' face no-parole life sentence for role in deputy's death?
Draper teen charged as adult makes first court appearance Monday
But Cassell also believes, based on the ruling, that the U.S. Supreme Court will be keeping an eye on sentencings around the country.
"The court, I think, is signaling it's going to be aggressive in evaluating cruel and unusual punishment challenges to sentences imposed on juveniles. But it hasn't created a hard and fast rule," he said.
In Grunwald's case, her attorney said he may ask for more time to look at the evidence in the case at a March 3 hearing before addressing bail.
"We've just been retained. We're in the process of getting all of the materials," Zabriskie said after the hearing. "We start with the presumption that she hasn't done anything wrong and go from there."
Members of the teenager's family, as well as members of Wride's family, were present at Monday's hearing. They declined to comment.
Grunwald is charged as an adult in Wride's death as well as the shooting of Sherwood. She is facing 14 charges, including six first-degree felonies: aggravated murder, two counts of felony discharge of a firearm with serious bodily injury, two counts of attempted aggravated murder, and aggravated robbery.
She is also charged with two counts of obstructing justice, a second-degree felony; two counts of felony discharge of a firearm, possession or use of a controlled substance, and failure to respond to an officer's signal to stop, all third-degree felonies; criminal mischief, a class A misdemeanor; and violation of operator duties for accident involving property damage, a class B misdemeanor.
Originally, Cassell said the idea of putting juveniles in adult court was due to a sense that some minors were getting "a slap on the wrist" in juvenile court.
"The argument that was made was, 'Wait a minute, some of these 16- and 17-year-old 'kids' are truly adults and vicious adults and they deserve to be handled in the adult system and receive adult punishment,'" he said.
In Utah, there have been a handful of cases in recent years of defendants who were juveniles when they committed their crimes, receiving hefty penalties after being convicted in adult court.
Antonie Hunter Farani was just 14 years old when he murdered JoJo Brandstatt in February of 2009. In 2012, he essentially received a 35-years-to-life prison sentence. He was sentenced to 20 years to life for aggravated murder and 15 years to life for two counts of aggravated kidnapping. The two 15-years-to-life terms are to run concurrent to each other, but consecutive to the murder sentence.
In 2009, 17-year-old Joshua Buie was charged as an adult with murder in the shooting death of Stephen Lasiloo, 21, after a dispute over a stolen iPod. Buie was ordered to spend 15 years to life in prison.
Also in 2012, Ricky Angilau was sentenced to up to five years in prison for manslaughter. Angilau, who was 16 when he shot and killed fellow Kearns High School student Esteban Saidi, was originally charged with murder before pleading guilty to the reduced charge.
Currently in Davis County, prosecutors are attempting to have a 15-year-old West Point boy certified to stand trial as an adult in the stabbing deaths of his 4- and 10-year-old brothers.
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