Juvenile justice



Aggravators can’t include nonadjudicated juvenile actions, COA says

In granting a petition for rehearing Thursday, the Indiana Court of Appeals explicitly came down against using juveniles' nonadjudicated contacts with the criminal justice system as an aggravating factor in future sentencing. However, in light of other evidence of the petitioner’s criminal history, the court reaffirmed its prior decision to uphold a man’s sentence.
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17-year-old charged with murder in 2 Porter County deaths

A 17-year-old Indiana youth faces murder charges for allegedly killing two other teens in what police say an informant told them was a drug deal gone bad. Porter County prosecutors say Connor R. Kerner of Valparaiso is charged as an adult in the deaths of 18-year-old Thomas Grill and 19-year-old Molley Lanham.
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Boy, 11, charged after shooting state-trooper dad

Authorities say an 11-year-old Indiana boy who shot and wounded his state-trooper father has been charged as a juvenile with attempted murder. St. Joseph County prosecutors have filed a petition alleging delinquency for attempted murder, the juvenile equivalent of a criminal charge.
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Boy, 17, to face murder charges in case of 2 missing teens

A prosecutor says a teenage boy will be charged with murder in connection with the disappearance of two northwestern Indiana teenagers. Porter County Prosecutor Gary Germann said Sunday the 17-year-old boy is expected to be charged Monday with two counts of murder related to the disappearance of eighteen-year-old Thomas M. Grill, Jr. and 19-year-old Molley R. Lanham.
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