15-Year-Old Suspect in Fatal Stabbing in Eureka’s Ocean View Cemetery Can’t Be Tried as an Adult Under New Law
This is one of the cases that was affected by a new California law that prohibits a juvenile from being tried as an adult unless he is over 16 at the time of the crime. The 15-year-old would have faced a sentence of 25 years to life if convicted as an adult. Under the new law, he can only be imprisoned until he is 25 years old.
Kim Wear of the Journal wrote,
According to previous media reports, Brocious’ family believes he became acquainted with Leen and her son while distributing his homemade sourdough bread to the homeless.
After finding Leen and her son at the cemetery, the affidavit states Brocious told the teen suspect that they were keeping his backpack until the phone was returned. The suspect then reportedly said, “Mom you got my back,” and “Either you hold him (Brocious) or her (the teen girl)” and displayed a large kitchen knife, which he began swinging at Brocious.
The rest of the highly detailed account can be found in the North Coast Journal.
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