Juvenile court briefs

February 19, 2004

Boy is sentenced to supervised probation

A 14-year-old boy who pleaded guilty Wednesday in juvenile court to a second degree assault charge was sentenced to indefinite supervised probation by a Washington County Circuit Court judge.

The boy admitted throwing another boy on the ground at Playland on Pennsylvania Avenue in Hagerstown in October, allowing a friend to hit the boy.

The boy's mother said the family recently moved to Hedgesville, W.Va., and is undergoing family counseling.

"He doesn't take his medication as he should," she said.

Washington County Circuit Judge Donald E. Beachley, sitting in juvenile court, ordered the boy to take his medicine.

Boy ordered placed in institution until age 21

After admitting Wednesday to beating up a pizza deliveryman for the food he was carrying, a 17-year-old boy was ordered placed in an institution and under the court's jurisdiction until age 21 by a Washington County Circuit Court judge.

"Your file is about five inches thick," said Circuit Court Judge Donald E. Beachley, sitting in juvenile court.


After lifting up the folder containing the boy's criminal history, Beachley said, "He's got to understand he's looking at three years."

Beachley explained to the youth that if he were an adult he'd be facing a heavier sentence.

After a representative from The Institute for Family Centered Services spoke to say that the youth has expressed the belief that he can handle being placed in an institution, Beachley agreed, saying that the youth "is not going to conform, in other words."

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