A 15-yr-previous boy will serve time in a Division of Juvenile Justice facility for the September 2017 capturing demise of his 14-yr-previous good friend Henry Atkins Jr.
In December, Christian Ashley, 14 on the time of the capturing, pleaded responsible to first-diploma manslaughter and tampering with proof in entrance of Circuit Courtroom Decide Suzanne Bass.
As a result of Ashley’s case remained in juvenile courtroom, it’s inconceivable to say how lengthy he shall be incarcerated. In contrast to grownup courtroom, the place sentences are for a time period of months or years, juvenile courts impose residential dedication packages with remedy plans as sanctions. A toddler should efficiently full their remedy program in an effort to be launched, and so the time in lockup varies.
Bass determined Ashley must be despatched to a “excessive-danger” facility, which usually takes 9 to 12 months to finish, however can go longer. Excessive-danger amenities present 24-hour supervision and are hardware-safe with perimeter fencing and locking doorways.
In accordance with Ashley’s arrest warrant, on Sept. 12, he, Atkins and two different teenagers entered an deserted constructing on Ricker Street to take a seat round a desk and take heed to music collectively. It goes on to say that Ashley was holding a gun, pointing it across the room, when it fired as soon as and struck Atkins within the chest. Ashley put the gun in a backpack and hid it someplace close by whereas the opposite two teenagers tried to assist Atkins. The teenagers acquired Atkins a journey to a close-by hearth station, which then transported him to UF Well being Jacksonville the place he was pronounced lifeless.
The State Lawyer’s Workplace and the protection lawyer weren’t instantly out there for remark.
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