Beyond Scared Straight -Juvenile Justice Reform: Teen Will Not Be Charged As An Adult in North Nashville Shooting

Via Scoop.itJuvenile Justice

NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Detectives say in his dying breath, 15-year-old Steven Brown named Timothy White as his killer. Now a judge has decided White, who was 14 at the time, will not be charged as an adult.
The decision has Brown’s mother outraged.
“It just hurt being a parent knowing that my baby laid in the street,” the victim’s mother Shalinda Johnson said as her eyes welled up with tears. “This was capital murder, premeditated murder and they’re letting this kid get off as a juvenile”
In August, Brown was gunned down in a North Nashville neighborhood. Earlier this week, attempts to have White tried as an adult were denied.
“The difference is if the case is transferred they’re looking at an adult prosecution with possibly a lengthy prison sentence,” Assistant District Attorney Paul DeWitt explained. He is not currently working on this case.

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