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Marine Vet Stops Armed Robbery in About a Second
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Marine Vet Stops Armed Robbery in About a Second

'Marine Corps taught me not to [mess] around,' says James Kilcer

(Newser) - As he turned to leave a gas station convenience store, James Kilcer saw a handgun pointed in his direction. He didn't hesitate. Within about a second, the 32-year-old Marine veteran reached out, disarmed the masked individual who'd just walked in, and pushed him toward the floor, per USA ...

Teen on Joyride Allegedly Killed Runner, Then Laughed About It

15-year-old charged in juvenile court with felony murder of Greg Moore

(Newser) - A 15-year-old girl took her godmother's vehicle out for a joyride without permission, then decided to "scare" a runner by hitting and ultimately killing him, according to prosecutors in Washington state, who've filed criminal charges of second-degree felony murder and felony hit-and-run. Charging documents allege the 15-year-old...

School Slaying Suspect, 13, to Be Held Until Trial

The victim was protecting another student from bullying, police say

(Newser) - A 13-year-old New Mexico boy accused of shooting and killing a classmate in Albuquerque will remain in custody pending trial. A Children's Court judge agreed with prosecutors during a virtual hearing Tuesday and ordered the boy to remain at the Bernalillo County Youth Services Center, the AP reports. The...

The Arrest of a 7-Year-Old for Rape Raises a Big Question

What's the right minimum age to charge a child as a juvenile delinquent?

(Newser) - In New York state, children as young as 7 can be arrested and charged as juvenile delinquents in family court. But is that age too young? It's a question being asked in the state, one that was amplified by the March 23 arrest of a 7-year-old in Brasher Falls,...

He Survived 18 Years in Solitary Confinement
He Survived
18 Years in 
Solitary 
Confinement
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He Survived 18 Years in Solitary Confinement

Ian Manuel pleads for end to juvenile solitary confinement

(Newser) - Ian Manuel had just finished seventh grade when he shot a woman in the face during a robbery. It was "the act of a 13-year-old in crisis," Manuel writes in a New York Times op-ed, adding that the "cruel and unusual punishment" that followed did not fit...

Cops: Girl Killed Older Sister While Parents Slept

14-year-old charged with homicide

(Newser) - Authorities in Pennsylvania say they're still trying to figure out the motive for a rare sororicide involving teen sisters. According to the Lancaster County District Attorney's Office, 14-year-old Claire Miller called 911 around 1am Monday and told dispatchers she had killed her sister, Lancaster Online reports. Court papers...

Sheriff Issues Plea to Parents After Girl Stabbed in Walmart

12-year-old is among 4 girls charged in Louisiana killing

(Newser) - After a 15-year-old girl was stabbed to death in a Walmart in Louisiana Saturday night, the local sheriff issued a heartfelt plea for parents to help stop the frightening rise in youth violence. "This is not something we can police our way out of," said Calcasieu Parish Sheriff...

One of My 'Best Students' Was Sentenced to Die
One of My 'Best Students'
Was Sentenced to Die
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One of My 'Best Students' Was Sentenced to Die

'Understanding our own humanity is a lifelong project,' Jennifer Lackey writes

(Newser) - "The death penalty is purportedly reserved for the 'worst of the worst' or those with 'irretrievably depraved characters.' But this is based on a myth." That's according to Jennifer Lackey, founder and director of the Northwestern Prison Education Program. It was through the program...

He Led Cops on Long Chase, Couldn't Reach Gas Pedal

Police say 11-year-old boy stole school bus, had to stand to reach the pedal

(Newser) - An 11-year-old Louisiana boy faces a series of charges after police said he stole a school bus and led several vehicles on a chase that lasted 45 minutes. Baton Rouge police said the boy hit three vehicles while taunting them and flipping officers off, NBC News reports. Officers blocked traffic...

Woman Drove Teen Son to Store, Which He Then Robbed: Police

Florida mother faces charges including child neglect

(Newser) - It's not unusual for a parent to chauffeur their children and their friends around town. But investigators in Florida say Amanda Chere Meador was more than a thoughtful parent, she was an accomplice, the Smoking Gun reports. After being driven to a Circle K store in Winter Springs with...

Police Stop Kids Who Drove Stolen SUV 600 Miles

Aussie kids packed fishing rods, left a note

(Newser) - Four children aged 10 to 14 packed fishing rods in a parent's SUV, left a farewell note, then drove more than 600 miles down the Australian east coast before they were stopped by police the next day, an officer says. When the children were stopped by police near Grafton...

Judge: Teen Accused of Rape 'Comes From Good Family'

James Troiano rebuked by appeals court for noting alleged rapist's likeliness to go to 'good college'

(Newser) - The similarities to Brock Turner haven't gone unnoticed. The New York Times references the Turner case, and others, in mentioning the latest judge to come under fire for the handling of a sexual assault case. In this instance, it's New Jersey Superior Court Judge James Troiano who's...

14-Year-Olds' Plan to Kill 9 Uncovered by Teacher: Police

Middle school students allegedly made a hit list

(Newser) - A Florida teacher who saw and heard two 14-year-olds acting suspiciously found their plans to kill nine people and dispose of the bodies, police say. The girls now each face nine counts of conspiracy to commit murder and three counts of conspiracy to commit kidnapping, according to sheriff's reports....

'Unthinkable Tragedy' as Boy, 12, Charged With Killing Twin Sister

Town is 'incredibly brokenhearted'

(Newser) - The Connecticut town of West Hartford has been shaken by the murder of a 12-year-old girl —and the arrest of her twin brother. Police say the boy stabbed his sister to death and seriously injured his 56-year-old mother in the Monday afternoon incident. No motive has been given. West...

Inmate Denied Parole After Court Gave Him a Chance

Henry Montgomery killed a man at age 17 and has been imprisoned for more than 50 years

(Newser) - A 71-year-old Louisiana inmate whose case led to a landmark Supreme Court decision on juvenile-offender sentences was denied parole on Monday, more than a half-century after he killed a sheriff's deputy at age 17. A three-member panel from the state parole board voted 2 to 1 to keep Henry...

Teen Girls Committed 'Heinous, Nasty Crimes' in Pa.: Cops

Kemonie McKee, 16, and Syniah Martinez, 17, charged in armed robbery cases

(Newser) - "You could write a book" about Kemonie McKee and Syniah Martinez, a Philly-area police official tells the Philadelphia Inquirer , but the story about the two teen girls wouldn't exactly be a fairy tale. Instead, McKee, 16, and Martinez, 17, pulled off "some very heinous, nasty crimes,"...

His Brother Was the Murderer, but He's the One Doing Life

David Maldonado was 17 when the crime occurred; Sammy was 18

(Newser) - They were brothers bound by a crime—and ultimately separated by the Supreme Court. The BBC has the story of Sammy and David Maldonado, who on the evening of Aug. 13, 1980, met some teens at Devil's Pool in Pennsylvania. Sammy and David eventually decided to make off with...

Sentenced to Life at 14, What He Did on First Day Out

Barry Massey was youngest in America sentenced to life without parole

(Newser) - Exactly one month ago, 42-year-old Barry Massey walked out of a Washington state prison. It's a day that may very well have never come. At age 14, Massey became the youngest American at the time to be sentenced to life without parole; as a 13-year-old, he and a teen...

'Affluenza' Teen's Case Moved to Adult Court

Ethan Couch will likely get stricter probation conditions when he turns 19 in April

(Newser) - Two weeks ago, Ethan Couch was moved from a juvenile facility to an adult jail . Now the "affluenza" teen will move into the grown-up leagues in yet another way: A Texas judge decided Friday to transfer Couch's case from juvenile to adult court when he turns 19 on...

Obama Bans Solitary Confinement for Juveniles

Move covers only those in federal prison

(Newser) - President Obama thinks solitary confinement does far more harm than good when it comes to juvenile offenders, and he's now banning the punishment outright in federal prisons. The president laid out his reasoning in a Washington Post op-ed, declaring that "the United States is a nation of second...

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