The 13-year-old Streetsboro teen charged with shooting and killing his 11-year-old brother last month could serve a blended juvenile and adult sentence for two counts of aggravated murder.
Streetsboro police were called to a home on Alden Drive on the night of April 23 for reports of a shooting. They found an 11-year-old boy was shot by his 13-year-old brother in what "appears to be a premeditated act," according to Streetsboro Police Chief Darin Powers.
The weapon used was a handgun that the 13-year-old stole from his grandfather's home, according to police.
The aggravated murder charges come with "serious youthful offender" designations, according to Portage County officials. This means the minor could potentially end up in adult prison following his time in juvenile detention, should he be found guilty and sentenced.
The teen is not eligible to be tried as an adult because of his age, but the serious youthful offender designation allows the juvenile court to impose a blended juvenile and adult sentence, according to Portage County officials.
According to Portage County Prosecutor Victor Vigluicci, if the juvenile court decides to impose a youthful offender disposition, the juvenile portion of the sentence will be imposed immediately. The adult portion may be invoked only if the teen commits a statutory violation while serving the juvenile sentence.
Because the adult portion of the blended sentence is a criminal sanction, he is entitled to the rights given to adults in the criminal system. This means the teen will have the right to be indicted by a grand jury, an adult speedy trial time limit, bail, counsel, mental competency proceedings and a trial under the adult criminal rules, according to Vigluicci.
The teen is also facing charges for theft of a firearm.