July 9, 2016
In a story Thursday about high bails set for juveniles tried as adults, the amount of time Lauren Fine's juvenile clients have been locked up pretrial was misstated. The cofounder of the Youth Sentencing and Reentry Project said that while some juvenile clients are able to be released or moved to juvenile court within months, others have been locked up for one to three years pretrial.
July 8, 2016 |
Though he had no record, and was 15 years old, he was charged in adult court. Bail was set at $75,000. The required 10 percent of that, $7,500, was more than the teen or his mother could fathom. So, in January 2015, Eugene Lee was sent to an adult jail, Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center. It was three months before his mother, Wylicia Clark, 35, of the city's Frankford section, could get the bail reduced to an amount she could pay. The charges involved an attempted robbery with a BB gun, in which no one was shot and Eugene was not the gunman.
June 23, 2016 |
Facing a possible life sentence if convicted in a fatal attempted carjacking, 16-year-old Abdullah Karee Robinson, a 5-foot-3 100-pounder who looks much younger than his years, broke down in tears Tuesday in a Philadelphia courtroom. Robinson is accused of participating in an attempted robbery and carjacking - he allegedly supplied the firearm - that was used in killing DJ Jonathan Merwin, 35, of Brick, N.J., last year. The question facing Common Pleas Court Judge Lillian H. Ransom: Should the North Philadelphia teen be tried as an adult, or sent back to the Juvenile Court system, where he could be released at age 21 after treatment in a secure facility?
June 11, 2016 |
A boy who was 15 when he killed a father walking a dog in Overbrook last year sat with his head buried in his arms as his victim's widow testified during an emotional hearing Thursday in Common Pleas Court. Tyfine Hamilton, now 17, was sentenced at the hearing to 25 to 80 years in state prison. He pleaded guilty last week to third-degree murder, robbery, and related offenses in the death of James Stuhlman, 51, co-owner of a Media landscape-supply firm. "There's not much to say - I took a special man from you and I'm sorry," Hamilton told Stuhlman's widow, Theresa.
March 17, 2016 |
A dozen slouching teenage boys shuffled into a makeshift classroom just off the juvenile block at the Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center, one of the city's adult jails. They were awkward and reticent at first as Jacob Winterstein, a poet, worked the room, challenging them with tongue twisters, icebreakers, moving to the beat playing from an iPod and a portable speaker. Two hours later, the teens were writing poetry and rapping - about street life and family, about the rhythm of the cell block and the fights that can disrupt it, about their regrets and hopes.
January 6, 2016 |
ONE OF three juveniles who participated in a vicious attack on a homeless man at an Olney gas station in April pleaded guilty in Family Court on Tuesday to third-degree murder and conspiracy. Under a plea deal offered by the District Attorney's Office, the 14-year-old boy's case remained in Juvenile Court even though he was charged with murder. In all, six defendants - three juveniles and three women - were charged in the beating of Robert Barnes. After Barnes, 51, died Nov. 25, the D.A.'s Office charged the adults with murder, and said the juveniles also would be charged with murder.
January 6, 2016 |
One of three juveniles who participated in a vicious attack on a homeless man at an Olney gas station in April pleaded guilty in Family Court Tuesday to third-degree murder and conspiracy . Under a plea deal offered by the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, the 14-year-old boy's case remained in juvenile court even though he was charged with murder. In all, six defendants - three juveniles and three adult women - were charged in the beating of victim Robert Barnes. After Barnes, 51, died Nov. 25, the D.A.'s Office charged the three women adults with murder and said the three juveniles would also be charged with murder.
August 19, 2015 |
One in an occasional series. At age 17, Monyatta Dunson was just a kid who made a bad decision. She also was an adult who committed an adult crime. That was the determination of Philadelphia Common Pleas Court - and an example of the mind-bending logic that can ensue when the muddle that is adolescence intersects with Pennsylvania's criminal-justice system. So, one day in June, Dunson was brought from the juvenile facility where she was placed, after pleading guilty to simple assault, to Philadelphia's Criminal Justice Center to be sentenced as an adult on related charges.
January 9, 2015 |
A COMMON PLEAS judge yesterday said a 16-year-old girl charged with third-degree murder in the stabbing death of a 14-year-old boy should have her case sent to the juvenile-court system, where she can get the mental-health treatment she needs. Judge Benjamin Lerner's decision to "decertify" Amber Hellesten outraged the family of victim Azim Chaplin; they stormed out of the courtroom. Crystal Gardner, 27, the victim's sister, raised her middle fingers at the judge on her way out. The family then was heard yelling in the hallway.
September 2, 2014 |
Erving Hurst looked at the giant chess pieces in front of him at the Spruce Street Harbor Park in Philadelphia and waited. His opponent, Steve Hahn, made his move. "My queen just took your queen," Hahn said. Hurst didn't hesitate. He moved one of his pawns to the last row of Hahn's half of the makeshift board so he could put his queen back in the game. "Now you're just being mean," said Hahn, 34, of Glenside. Hurst just smiled. Why not? A few minutes later, he won the match.