Jennifer Sullivan, Seattle Times, December 18, 2010
An 11-year-old boy who was wounded by gunfire during an alleged robbery attempt aboard a Metro bus in August will face prosecution in connection with that incident and two others, a judge has decided.
The boy’s lawyer, Dennis L. McGuire, said he expects the boy will plead guilty to reduced charges during the upcoming hearing, but the details are being negotiated.
Deputy Prosecutor Jennifer Worley said that if the boy pleads guilty to all of the charges, he faces between about 10 and 20 months in a juvenile facility when he is sentenced.
The Seattle boy was 10 at the time of the crimes he’s accused of committing. The Times generally does not name juveniles accused of crimes.
The boy and his two half-brothers, ages 12 and 14, were charged with first-degree attempted robbery in the Aug. 17 incident aboard a Metro bus. Seattle police say the younger boy allegedly ordered a 17-year-old boy to empty his pockets and was accidentally shot during a scuffle on Route 7.
The 11-year-old boy was also charged in a robbery aboard a Metro bus on June 5 in which a man’s earring was stolen.
He was also charged in the theft of bicycles outside the Levi’s Store in downtown Seattle on June 24.
[Editor’s Note: A longer story recounting the Metro robbery can be read here.]