PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) — The judge presiding over the case of Jordan Brown, who was just 11 years old when he was accused of killing his father’s pregnant fiance with a shotgun, ruled Tuesday that Brown will stand trial as a juvenile.
Lawrence County Common Pleas Court Judge Dominick Motto reversed his previous ruling that Brown would be tried as an adult, meaning that Brown, who turns 14 this month, would face the possibility of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Being tried as a juvenile means that Brown could be imprisoned until age 21 at the latest.
KDKA Radio’s Robert Mangino talks with Jeffrey Shook, University of Pittsburgh professor of social work, and Bobbi Jamriska, vice president of the National Organization of Victims of Juvenile Lifers, about Judge Motto’s ruling.
He asks Shook what Brown’s prospects are within the juvenile justice system, and talks with Jamriska about her own family’s experience with an under-aged teen accused of murder.
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