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September 3, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Appeals court judges hearing the case of Lionel Tate, the teen whose lawyers said he was imitating pro wrestling moves when he killed a 6-year-old girl, questioned whether some children might be too young to be imprisoned with no chance of parole. Tate, who was 12 when he killed Tiffany Eunick, was too immature to understand what was at stake when he was sentenced to life without parole, his attorneys argued in a West Palm Beach courtroom. Judge Fred A.
July 26, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Three teenagers have been arrested in the apparent gang-related shooting death of a man who confronted them outside his mother's apartment in November, police said. A 16-year-old who allegedly admitted to the shooting and two 15-year-olds will be charged in the slaying of Jonathan Townsend, 18, of Windsor, authorities said. The two younger boys were picked up in Santa Rosa. The older boy was arrested in Rochester, Minn. The three are members of a Santa Rosa street gang, police said.
December 25, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich demanded an immediate explanation from county probation chief Richard Shumsky on Tuesday regarding how a 15-year-old gang member accused of murder managed to escape from custody during a visit to an orthodontist. Daniel Ortiz was shackled at the ankles and under escort by two unarmed Los Angeles County probation officers Monday morning when he bolted and jumped into a car driven by an unidentified armed man, police said.
November 16, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
A 17-year-old boy was sentenced to 35 years to life in prison Friday for killing a Kennedy High School student last year. Hector Ramirez of Pacoima pleaded no contest last month to second-degree murder for shooting 16-year-old Ricky Loyd in the head and kicking Loyd in the chest as the victim lay dying. Deputy Dist. Atty. John Morris said Ramirez apologized to Loyd's family before he was sentenced in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
November 5, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
A teenager suspected of beating a neighborhood couple to death in their bed was charged Monday with first-degree murder, burglary and robbery. Adam Sarabia, 16, a continuation school student who lives with his parents near the couple's home, is accused of using a baseball bat and a knife during the killings. He will be tried as an adult, prosecutors said, because of the circumstances and the brutality of the crime. John Ramirez, Jr., 59, and Joann Wotkyns, 55, were found dead on Oct. 21.
October 29, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
The state Supreme Court upheld the murder conviction and life sentence imposed on a school bully who killed a 13-year-old classmate with a blow to the back of the head in 1998. In a unanimous ruling, the state's highest court rejected defense arguments that the jury that convicted Jonathan Miller in 1999 may have been prejudiced by exposure to news coverage of the Columbine High School massacre just weeks before trial.
October 23, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Authorities said Tuesday that they have located a young man named Jason who was at the party the night a 17-year-old dressed as a woman was killed, allegedly after others discovered his true gender. Senior Deputy Dist. Atty Ted Landswick said the young man is "a witness at this point" in the death of Eddie Araujo of Newark. Without revealing a last name, authorities on Monday had said they were seeking a party guest named Jason as a possible suspect in the case.
October 2, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
A Pacoima teenager charged with the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old boy near Kennedy High School in Granada Hills pleaded no contest Tuesday to second-degree murder. Hector Ramirez, 17, is one of two defendants in the Sept. 13, 2001, slaying of Ricardo Lloyd. Ramirez, who was charged as an adult, will face a maximum term of 35 years to life in state prison when he is sentenced Oct. 25. Lloyd was walking home with friends when he was approached by the defendant and another teen.
August 11, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
After decades of boasting the world's most studious youngsters, Japan's schools reported a record number of truants in the school year that ended March 31, a new survey has found. The Education Ministry said about 139,000 elementary and junior high school students did not attend classes for at least 30 consecutive days. That was a more than 3% increase from the 2000-01 academic year.
Christopher Simmons recalls, above all, the desperation. It was Sept. 9, 1993. He was 17. He and a friend had broken into a mobile home in search of cash to buy drugs. The woman who lived there woke up. Simmons remembers a blinding fear, a boiling inside him, a panic. He grabbed 46-year-old Shirley Crook and strapped duct tape around her eyes and mouth. He bound her hands behind her. He knew what he was doing, but it didn't seem real. He grabbed the keys to Crook's van and pushed her in.
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