Monday, September 30, 2013

If Obama had a son

Prosecutors have charged a 14-year-old as an adult with 23 felonies in connection with three separate gun-related incidents.
Carl T. Howard, also known as “Lil Carl,” is charged in connection with incidents on June 19 and July 3 in Saginaw and July 22 in Buena Vista Township in which two people were shot and a third nearly was shot.
“This is what he does,” said Buena Vista Police Detective Sgt. Greg Klecker, one of multiple witnesses to testify regarding Howard during a Wednesday, Sept. 25, “designation hearing.”
“He doesn’t appear to have any regard for who he shoots at. In our case, he did not even know our victim.”
In the “designation hearing,” Saginaw County Chief Probate Judge Patrick J. McGraw heard testimony from police and corrections officials regarding Howard and the three incidents in which prosecutors say Howard was involved when he was 13.
After hearing that testimony, the judge determined that Howard should stand trial in the same manner as an adult. The Probate Court’s Family Division will keep jurisdiction over the case, but Howard’s case, including any possible jury trial and sentence, will proceed as if he were an adult.
In making the designation, McGraw said the adult corrections system offers more rehabilitation-type services than the juvenile system, in which Howard would be housed for possibly as few as three years, if convicted. The judge also noted the seriousness of the charges that Howard faces as well as his alleged roles in those incidents.

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