A nine years old boy has killed three children and two adults at a trailer park in Illinois. He was charged with five counts of first-degree murder, two counts of arson and one count of aggravated arson.
How Did He Killed
On April 6, At Timberline mobile home park near the village of Goodfield, about 150 miles (240km) south-west of Chicago, five people died in a fire. The five people are a one-year-old child, two two-year-olds, a 34-year-old man, and a 69-year-old woman. The attorney at the Woodford county decided not to reveal any details of the juvenile suspect. He didn’t even acknowledge the possible relationship between the suspect and the victims.
According to a database maintained by Associated Press. This child was recorded as the first one to be accused in a mass killing since 2006. The database has a list of all US homicides who killed four or more people regardless of weapon, location, victim-offender relationship, or motive. It does not include the offender.
What The Prosecutors have to say…
Tim Ruestman, Woodford county coroner, said that the fire was started intentionally. Greg Minger said that before proceeding the prosecution, he scoured multiple reports on the fire. He said, “It’s a tragedy, but at the end of the day. It’s charging a very young person with one of the most serious crimes we have.” But he thinks it needs to be done at that point, for finality. He said that it was a massive decision.
A former prosecutor-turned-juvenile defense lawyer in Chicago, Gus Kostopoulos, explained that it is a significant challenge for the prosecutors to try to prove the suspect kid formed an intent to kill in advance. He also added that nine-yers-old don’t even know that Santa Claus doesn’t exist. They don’t know that people die and don’t come back to life. He said that he couldn’t tell that 9-year-olds can form the intent to commit murder.
Minger says that if convicted, the child has to face at least five years of probation but not beyond the age of 21. The child might be giving therapy and counseling. The suspect will be appointed with an attorney and tried before a judge.