Judge Ronald Craft set sentencing for next month. The teen could be sentenced to the Ohio Department of Youth Services for up to his 21st birthday, to the county detention center for up to 90 days on each charge, or to the county rehabilitation center for four to six months.
The teen will remain in the detention center until sentencing.
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He hugged his family before leaving the courtroom today. One family member told him “chin up” and the boy nodded and smiled back.
The teen said he was off his medication and confessed to setting the church fire in a Facebook post, according to court documents.
A second teen, charged with failure to report a crime and receiving stolen property after he was allegedly found to be in possession of a laptop taken from the church, as well as vandalism to the gas station, also entered a true plea to vandalism. The other charges were dismissed.
The 16-year-old was sentenced by Craft to a 90-day rehabalition program within the county juvenile detention center.