Juvenile sentenced to supervised probation

October 09, 1997


Staff Writer

Washington County Circuit Judge John H. McDowell challenged a 13-year-old boy Wednesday to "imagine himself on the receiving end'' of the May 31 robbery and beating that landed him in juvenile court.

The boy told the judge he didn't know his 16-year-old companion was going to commit the crime when it occurred.

But what convinced the judge to place the youth on supervised probation and allow him to remain at home was the good report from his school.

McDowell ordered 30 hours of community service, good behavior and an 8:30 p.m. curfew.

The two teens went to the victim's home on May 31 and then they all went to a park in the Halfway area, prosecutors said.


At one point, the older teen displayed some marijuana and a smoking pipe while they were on a playground, according to prosecutors.

When the victim refused to accompany the other two boys to Halfway Manor, the older boy hit the victim in the face with his fist and took his wallet, prosecutors said.

The two teens left the area on bicycles and the victim went home to report the attack and robbery.

When Washington County Sheriff's Deputy Bill Malott responded, the victim said he knew the 13-year-old. He was questioned and he handed over $3 he got from the robbery.

The older teen was later identified and $15 and some marijuana were recovered. That teen was removed from his home.

The remaining $2 was enclosed in an envelope with a letter of apology from the older teen, all of which was presented in court in August.

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