Those who follow this blog must have known I couldn’t let this story go by without some reaction. It appears to be yet another case of Delaware County’s exuberance to charge juveniles as adults.
Here we have a 24 year old guy finally coming to trial for a crime he allegedly committed 9 to 11 years ago when he was between 13 and 15. The jury found him guilty as charged.
Somehow, the judge doesn’t seem to appreciate that the crime was committed by a 13 to 15 year old. The judge awarded a sentence appropriate for the 24 year old standing before him.
As his lawyer states…
…(you’re) going to punish him as an adult for things he did as a kid? It’s not right … It’s just overkill for what he did. Kids do stupid, bad, even terrible things…and then they grow up, and sometimes they grow up to be normal, behaving, taxpaying citizens. That happens all the time.
In what appears to me to be a statement of pure arrogance and intent, the judge says…
…there was a reasonable chance for Garrett to have found his way into the juvenile system if he had been charged at the time the offenses occurred. But it didn’t happen that way…
I don’t know if this guy is guilty or innocent and I was not in the court room. However, we all know that victims of sex crimes often become victimized by the courts as they present their testimony. The cross examination is usually brutal and the burden of proof is often left to the one most victimized in their most fragile state.
In this case, you have a 13 year old convincing the court of something that happened when he was 4 years old. This must be one hell-of-a mature 13 year old to stand his ground in the court room like this.
By contrast, the courts often don’t believe a grown man sharing events that may have occurred 4 hours ago.
Back to the sentencing:
Six to 12 years in a state prison on three charges of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and 31 years of consecutive sex offender probation along with being ordered to register as a sex offender for life and comply with the recommendations of a psychosexual evaluation.
That’s how they do 13 to 15 year olds around here.
For those of you watching ‘Time: The Kalief Browder Story,’ I hope this rings a bell.
Read the Delaware County Daily Times account of this adult being charged as an adult for the crime he committed as a teen.