Teen indicted in Butler County school shooting

HAMILTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Butler County Prosecutor Michael T. Gmoser released a statement Wednesday morning saying the teen accused in the shooting at Madison Jr/Sr High School in February has been indicted.

The Butler County Grand Jury indicted the 14-year-old with four counts of attempted murder, four counts of felonious assault, and one count of inducing panic.

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The Grand Jury also determined the teen will be charged as a “Serious Youth Offender” and will remain in the juvenile system rather than be charged as an adult.

“What it allows the court to do is sentence him as a juvenile, then once he’s completed his juvenile sentence, he could be brought before a court again to see if he needs to serve sometime as an adult based on the same offense,” said attorney Ralph Wilcoxson.

Wilcoxson represents one of the two students who were shot inside Madison Jr./Sr. High School in February.

According to the Butler County prosecutor, the disposition of the offender in this case is complex. The teen will not be transferred to adult court but the classification of Serous Youth Offender, or SYO, will affect how the juvenile will be treated.

If the Judge or jury find that the attempted murder charges apply in this case the juvenile could spend time under state supervision until the age of 21, after which, a sentence as an adult could follow.

The teen will next appear before a juvenile judge to answer “true” or “not true” to the charges. That date has not yet been set.


Butler County Juvenile Court. (WDTN Photo/Jake Ryle)
Click here to see the full statement from the Butler County Prosecutor.

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