01-25-2006, 05:47 PM
Join Date: Jan 2005
Kansas City: 12 Year Old Sentenced In Carjacking
12-year-old sentenced in carjacking, robbery
By ROBERT A. CRONKLETON
The Kansas City Star
One of the youngest juveniles convicted of a felony in Wyandotte County was sentenced Wednesday to state custody.
Juvenile Court Judge David Boal sentenced the boy to care of the Kansas Juvenile Justice Authority.
Boal found the boy, who turned 12 last week, guilty in November after he pleaded no contest to a charge of aggravated robbery following an August carjacking. Boal found the boy not guilty of misdemeanor possession of a handgun.
Vicki Meyer, assistant district attorney, said she had asked that the boy be sentenced to a juvenile correctional facility because of the seriousness of the crime.
Although the boy came from a violent environment and was young, Meyer said she felt the tougher sentence was warranted because “he planned the crime very carefully, got a gun and stuck the gun in a child’s face.”
Authorities, however, were unable to recover a gun connected with the crime.
The sentence he received “is not a slap on the wrist,” Meyer said. “He will be required to do a lot of things, as well as his family.”
There is no length of time associated with the boy’s sentence because the goal is to rehabilitate him, Meyer said.
The boy stole a car in August while a woman had stopped at a store near Fifth Street and Quindaro Boulevard.
She had run inside, leaving a teenager and two grandchildren in the car.
The boy allegedly made his victims think he had a gun. He was caught the next day after staff members at the Wyandotte Academy saw the boy drive to the school at 34th Street and Haskell Avenue in Kansas City, Kan.