Teen Who Stabbed High School Students Must Go to Jail at 18

25 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Judge denies Franklin Regional teen suspect’s request to remain in juvenile center.

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A teen charged with stabbing 20 fellow students and a security guard at his high school must move from a juvenile detention center to the county jail when he turns 18, a judge ruled Thursday. Attorney Patrick Thomassey had requested Thursday’s status conference on behalf of client Alex Hribal, 17, who has been held without bail since April 9, 2014, at the Regional Youth Services Center in Hempfield. The judge, however, denied the request and said that Alex must be placed in the Westmoreland County Prison and should continue to receive psychological treatment there. Alex, who was 16 at the time of the April 2014 attack that left some Franklin Regional students severely injured, was charged with 21 counts of attempted homicide and aggravated assault.

Thomassey acknowledges Hribal committed the attack using two 8-inch kitchen knives he brought from home that morning, but he contends Hribal was seriously mentally ill. He also asked the judge to set a bail amount Thursday, saying Hribal is “entitled to bail; it’s not a homicide.” However, the judge again disagreed with the defense and denied that request, saying Hribal is charged as an adult and that the charges he is facing are serious. The defense attorney still hopes to convince Feliciani that Hribal’s case belongs in juvenile court where, Thomassey contends, the boy can receive more suitable mental health treatment and other rehabilitation than he will in the adult system. A series of medical experts testifying for the defense during a June hearing said that Hribal has psychological conditions and would be better served by treatment through juvenile court. District Attorney John Peck has argued that the crimes are too serious to allow for that and that Hribal can receive help in the state prison system for whatever mental issues he may have.

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