NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A judge on Wednesday approved the release of a teenager who opened fire at a middle school in central Indiana in 2018, wounding another student and a teacher, a prosecutor said.
The judge agreed to release the 18-year-old from juvenile detention into the custody of his parents because he is now an adult and can no longer be held for crimes he committed as a minor, Hamilton County Chief Deputy District Attorney said. Joshua Kocher The Indianapolis Star.
The teen will be held at home with a GPS monitor and will be subject to conditions such as no weapons or drugs, no computers unless supervised by probation officers, limited time with electronic devices and no access to schools or college campuses without prior approval visit.
These limits are in place “to ensure the safety of the community,” Kocher said.
Kocher did not say when the teen would be released from custody.
Hamilton Superior Court Judge Michael A. Casati on August 14th ordered the teen to be housed at the Hamilton County Juvenile Service Center while probation officers found a suitable, secure residential facility for him to facilitate the teen’s return to society. However, Hamilton County authorities were unable to locate such a facility.
The teenager, who was 13 at the time of the shooting, had been incarcerated since shortly after his crime opened fire at Noblesville West Middle School in May 2018. He shot and killed a seventh-grade science teacher and another 13-year-old student. The teacher, Jason Seaman, grabbed him and pushed him to the ground.
The sailor was shot three times and student Ella Whistler seven times. Nobody was killed.
The teenager was preparing to be released to his family when prosecutors said on March 20: He attacked a counselor at the Pendleton Juvenile Detention Center by pounding her chest with her fist and then joking about it with other juveniles. He was 17 at the time and was charged with assault as a juvenile.
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