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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 1989
Juan Manuel Cardenas, 12, shot and killed Jacalyn Calabrese, 12. Shocking, tragic, horrible, horrendous, what else can you say to describe the unthinkable act? You can ask why friends of Juan, who stated he had been showing off the .25-caliber weapon for at least a week prior to the incident, didn't think a weapon in the hands of a 12-year-old dangerous enough to report it to a responsible adult? STUART A. CANNOLD Panorama City
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 1989
Prosecutors in the case of a 12-year-old boy accused of shooting to death a 12-year-old girl in a crowded Orange County mall last week amended the charges against the boy Thursday to include a misdemeanor count of exhibiting a firearm in a threatening manner. Juan Manuel Cardenas, who has already been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the shooting of Jacalyn Calabrese and assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly pointing a .
NEWS
February 6, 1990 | MICHAEL ASHCRAFT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 12-year-old boy who shot and killed a classmate while clowning with a handgun in a mall bustling with Christmas shoppers was sentenced Monday to a year in Juvenile Hall during a court proceeding that left parents on both sides in tears. Juan Manuel Cardenas Jr. of Orange sat handcuffed to his chair as Superior Court Judge C. Robert Jameson announced the sentence.
NEWS
February 6, 1990 | MICHAEL ASHCRAFT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 12-year-old boy who shot and killed a classmate while clowning with a handgun in a mall bustling with Christmas shoppers was sentenced Monday to a year in Juvenile Hall. Juan Manuel Cardenas Jr. of Orange, who had pleaded guilty to one count of involuntary manslaughter with a firearm, was sentenced by Superior Court Judge C. Robert Jameson. Cardenas could have received up to six years in state prison.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 1989 | Dianne Klein
To a 12-year-old boy, flashing a loaded handgun was the ultimate in cool. Juan Manuel Cardenas wanted to impress the girls, show them that he was worth noticing. Then he shot Jacalyn Calabrese dead, in front of her friends, at the Mall of Orange on Monday. It was a single shot to the forehead. Prosecutors say it was an accident. Involuntary manslaughter is the legal term. Juan's public defender says his client is on a suicide watch at Juvenile Hall.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 1990 | MICHAEL ASHCRAFT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The father of a 12-year-old boy charged with shooting a friend to death in front of horrified Christmas shoppers at a mall here asked a Juvenile Court judge for mercy and accepted the blame for the shooting. "I am the one who should be incarcerated and not my son," Juan Manuel Cardenas of Orange wrote in Spanish. "Because my error is not having educated him properly. Because I never spoke with my son about the dangers of a firearm. . . .
NEWS
February 6, 1990 | MICHAEL ASHCRAFT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 12-year-old boy who shot and killed a classmate while clowning with a handgun in a mall bustling with Christmas shoppers was sentenced Monday to a year in Juvenile Hall during a court proceeding that left parents on both sides in tears. Juan Manuel Cardenas Jr. of Orange sat handcuffed to his chair as Superior Court Judge C. Robert Jameson announced the sentence.
NEWS
December 21, 1989 | SONNI EFRON and MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A 12-year-old boy accused of shooting to death a 12-year-old girl in a mall jammed with Christmas shoppers was charged with involuntary manslaughter Wednesday and ordered held without bail. Deputy Public Defender Chris Hilger entered an innocent plea on behalf of his client, Juan Manuel Cardenas, and did not object to a prosecution request to keep the boy in Juvenile Hall. Hilger said Juan had been under close supervision by Juvenile Hall officials as a suicide risk.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 1989 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
While 12-year-old Juan Manuel Cardenas waits in Juvenile Hall to be tried for the death of one of his classmates, the boy's Little League has begun raising money for his defense. "I understand that little Juan is just in a desperate state," said Linda Hurley, a member of the Olive Little League board of directors. "This is the same kid that would go up to bat and cry when he struck out. . . . I feel so sorry for him."
NEWS
February 6, 1990 | MICHAEL ASHCRAFT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 12-year-old boy who shot and killed a classmate while clowning with a handgun in a mall bustling with Christmas shoppers was sentenced Monday to a year in Juvenile Hall. Juan Manuel Cardenas Jr. of Orange, who had pleaded guilty to one count of involuntary manslaughter with a firearm, was sentenced by Superior Court Judge C. Robert Jameson. Cardenas could have received up to six years in state prison.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 1990 | MICHAEL ASHCRAFT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The father of a 12-year-old boy charged with shooting a friend to death in front of horrified Christmas shoppers at a mall here asked a Juvenile Court judge for mercy and accepted the blame for the shooting. "I am the one who should be incarcerated and not my son," Juan Manuel Cardenas of Orange wrote in Spanish. "Because my error is not having educated him properly. Because I never spoke with my son about the dangers of a firearm. . . .
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 1989
Prosecutors in the case of a 12-year-old boy accused of shooting to death a 12-year-old girl in a crowded Orange County mall last week amended the charges against the boy Thursday to include a misdemeanor count of exhibiting a firearm in a threatening manner. Juan Manuel Cardenas, who has already been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the shooting of Jacalyn Calabrese and assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly pointing a .
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 1989
Juan Manuel Cardenas, 12, shot and killed Jacalyn Calabrese, 12. Shocking, tragic, horrible, horrendous, what else can you say to describe the unthinkable act? You can ask why friends of Juan, who stated he had been showing off the .25-caliber weapon for at least a week prior to the incident, didn't think a weapon in the hands of a 12-year-old dangerous enough to report it to a responsible adult? STUART A. CANNOLD Panorama City
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 1989 | ROSE ELLEN O'CONNOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Beneath the softly rolling San Gabriel mountains, Jacalyn Calabrese, 12, was laid to rest Saturday in a casket laden with pink roses and white baby's breath. Boys and girls from her seventh-grade class held each other and cried as her coffin was lifted from a white hearse and carried up the steps of St. Norbert's Catholic Church. Six days earlier the curly-haired brunette had been shot to death in a busy shopping mall, allegedly by a friend in what appears to have been a prank gone awry.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 1989 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
While 12-year-old Juan Manuel Cardenas waits in Juvenile Hall to be tried for the death of one of his classmates, the boy's Little League has begun raising money for his defense. "I understand that little Juan is just in a desperate state," said Linda Hurley, a member of the Olive Little League board of directors. "This is the same kid that would go up to bat and cry when he struck out. . . . I feel so sorry for him."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 1989 | ROSE ELLEN O'CONNOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Beneath the softly rolling San Gabriel mountains, Jacalyn Calabrese, 12, was laid to rest Saturday in a casket laden with pink roses and white baby's breath. Boys and girls from her seventh-grade class held each other and cried as her coffin was lifted from a white hearse and carried up the steps of St. Norbert's Catholic Church. Six days earlier the curly-haired brunette had been shot to death in a busy shopping mall, allegedly by a friend in what appears to have been a prank gone awry.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 1989 | Dianne Klein
To a 12-year-old boy, flashing a loaded handgun was the ultimate in cool. Juan Manuel Cardenas wanted to impress the girls, show them that he was worth noticing. Then he shot Jacalyn Calabrese dead, in front of her friends, at the Mall of Orange on Monday. It was a single shot to the forehead. Prosecutors say it was an accident. Involuntary manslaughter is the legal term. Juan's public defender says his client is on a suicide watch at Juvenile Hall.
NEWS
December 21, 1989 | SONNI EFRON and MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A 12-year-old boy accused of shooting to death a 12-year-old girl in a mall jammed with Christmas shoppers was charged with involuntary manslaughter Wednesday and ordered held without bail. Deputy Public Defender Chris Hilger entered an innocent plea on behalf of his client, Juan Manuel Cardenas, and did not object to a prosecution request to keep the boy in Juvenile Hall. Hilger said Juan had been under close supervision by Juvenile Hall officials as a suicide risk.
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