Friday, December 20, 2013
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A judge has spared a 12-year-old Fresno boy from being sent to a juvenile correctional facility for allegedly beating and robbing a World War II veteran at gunpoint with two other teens.
The Fresno Bee reports (http://bit.ly/1chEmzJ) Superior Court Judge James Kelley decided Thursday that the boy should be admitted to the Juvenile Justice Campus for a year instead of a "kid prison." The juvenile campus has a rehabilitation program for pre-adolescents.
Authorities say the boy and two 15-year-olds broke into the home of 92-year-old Josef Martin in October. They say the group held Martin at gunpoint, struck him in the face and threw him in a closet as they stole jewelry and cash.
Prosecutors say the boy was a suspect in previous crimes but never charged.
Information from: The Fresno Bee, http://www.fresnobee.com