Hear­ing set to de­ter­mine if teen should be tried as adult

The News Herald (Willoughby, OH) - - Front Page - By An­drew Cass [email protected]­ald.com @An­drewCassNH on Twit­ter

The 17-year-old boy ac­cused in the shoot­ing death of Har­vey High School stu­dent Yorry Tim­ley will ap­pear in Lake County Ju­ve­nile Court in late-Jan­uary to de­ter­mine whether he should be tried as an adult.

Tim­ley, 16 was shot and killed Oct. 19 in the 500 block of Men­tor Av­enue in Painesville. The 17-year-old ju­ve­nile sus­pect was ar­rested Oct. 30 af­ter an in­ves­ti­ga­tion by city po­lice.

The ju­ve­nile is fac­ing one count of reck­less homi­cide and three counts of tam­per­ing with ev­i­dence. He waived a prob­a­ble cause hear­ing

Nov. 26 and will ap­pear again be­fore Ju­ve­nile Court Judge Karen Law­son Jan. 28. At that hear­ing, Law­son will de­ter­mine if the 17-year-old is “amenable to care or re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion in the ju­ve­nile sys­tem.”

If she de­ter­mines that he isn’t, the case will be bound

over to Lake County Com­mon Pleas Court where he will be tried as an adult.

If tried as an adult, he he faces a max­i­mum of 12 years in pri­son. If the case re­mains in the ju­ve­nile court, he faces con­fine­ment un­til his 21st birth­day.

A rally to end gun vi­o­lence was held Nov. 25 at First Church Con­gre­ga­tional in Painesville. The event was sparked by Tim­ley’s

death.

“My son Yorry had ev­ery­thing go­ing for him,” Michelle Tim­ley said. “He played sports ... he had friends that loved him, and he loved his friends just as well ... and it all got taken away.”

She con­tin­ued: “I would like to say chil­dren, please, put the guns down and pick up a book. Be some­body, be­cause my son’s dreams will never be ful­filled.”

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