Prosecutors want serious youth offender status for Franklin Twp. teen

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Prosecutors want serious youth offender status for Franklin Twp. teen

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A Franklin Twp. teen faces the potential of being labeled a serious youth offender regarding allegations he shot his mother’s boyfriend May 25. The serious youth offender status would mean the teen would be used if the 16-year-old is found guilty and sentenced.

A Franklin Twp. teen accused of attempted murder may receive a serious youth offender specification on his pending charges as gun specifications were added to the charges he’s facing.

The Warren County Prosecutor’s Office notified the county Juvenile Court of its intention to seek the serious youth offender specification against the 16-year-old teen, who is accused of using a rifle to shoot his mother’s boyfriend while he was sleeping the morning of May 25 at their home in the 3700 block of Wilson Farms Boulevard.

According to documents filed last week by prosecutors, the specification is for potential sentencing purposes.

When a child’s case is not transferred to adult court, Ohio law allows for a blended sentence if the court rules the person committed an act that would be a first-degree felony if committed by an adult. It also allows for a mandatory serious youth offender sentence if the act was a crime of violence or if a firearm was used if the child was 16 or 17 years of age.

At the June 15 hearing, the teen was arraigned on gun specifications added to the previous charges of delinquency by way of attempted murder, a first-degree felony, and for felonious assault, a second-degree felony. The teen also faces a domestic violence charge, a first-degree misdemeanor.

The teen entered denials to all three charges and allegations against him. He remains in custody at the Warren County Juvenile Detention Center.

The shooting caused serious injury to the victim’s right shoulder area but was non-life threatening.

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