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Prosecutors will push to certify teen as an adult

Published: Thursday, June 27 2013 4:20 p.m. MDT

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AZ Blue & Red
Gilbert, AZ

What a sad story. God Speed to the family. What a horrible thing to have to deal with in so many ways. On both sides of the coin.

So it comes down to scott free at 21 and no guarentee that he is safe to society OR life in prison for a kid that is 15. I do not agree with either one. BUT something has to happen as this is something that has to be taken care of. I think we need a plan C. Prison until he is 30 some odd and then see where he is. Then monitor him like a hawk.

Again God Bless this family.

Lasvegaspam
Henderson, NV

My deepest sympathies are with the family on the loss of, not two but, three sons. You are in my prayers.

VIDAR
Murray, UT

If 15 year olds are old enough to be charged as an adult; then they are old enough to have all the rights of an adult.
smoking, drinking, voting, signing contracts, marrying, joining the military.
We cannot have it both ways, and pick and choose.

Bob K
porland, OR

Extreme rage in a 15 year old is an almost certain sign of physical or sexual abuse.
I know that if the people Utah residents, you may not think of this, but it is typical

mountain man
Salt Lake City, UT

I think you have to take the context of the crime into consideration in these matters. In this case a double murder. Can 6 years of incarsaration and therapy resolve completely this young mans problems? Or is he liable to hurt others because we can't fix him in the alotted 6 year time period before he is set free. Would it be better to be able to keep him locked up for as long as we need to until such time that we know as much as possible that he won't hurt others. I suggest we have the power to keep him locked up for as long as need be...life if necessary...to protect others.

Obama10
SYRACUSE, UT

This is a horrible story, but how can a 15 year old boy be charged as an adult in murder, but cannot give consent for sex? We portray 15 year olds as "victims" in sexual assault cases with those who are older, but there supposed to have cognitive reasoning skills in murder? I have a 15 year old son, and even though he is a great kid, I would not call him an adult.

one old man
Ogden, UT

Bob K, is it fair to ask exactly where your "knowledge" comes from? We need to see proof of that statement.

But any way you cut it, this is a terrible tragedy with no outer boundaries.

If those are the only two options available, perhaps the law needs to be changed to allow the possibility that a person sentenced as a juvenile can be evaluated upon reaching age 21 and then either released or remanded for either longer incarceration or further psychiatric treatment.

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