Teen who stabbed high school students must go to jail at 18

24 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 a Pennsylvania high school must move from a juvenile detention center to the county jail when he turns 18. According to Channel 11’s news exchange partners at TribLIVE, a Westmoreland County judge issued that ruling Thursday against Alex Hribal, of Murrysville. 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 contends Hribal was seriously mentally ill. 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 the crimes are too serious to allow that, and, further, that Hribal can receive help for whatever mental issues he may have in the state prison system.

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