Accused FL Killer Of Brit Tourists Out Despite High Risk Assessment


On April 16, two British tourists were murdered near Sarasota, Fl. Shawn Tyson, 16, was arrested. It was his second arrest this month, reports Sarasota Patch. Less than two weeks prior, he was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. During both arrests, Tyson was screened by the Sarasota County Juvenile Assessment Center for his risk to public safety. The resulting document – called a “detention risk assessment instrument” – was presented to a judge at Tyson's first court appearance in early April.

The “risk assessment instrument” looks at a variety of factors and is used for all arrested minors. Getting 12 or more points requirs secure detention. Tyson’s first arrest qualified him for 22 points, but a judge released him to his mother. Nine days later, he was back in detention for the double murder. Tyson’s “detention risk assessment instrument” is under court seal while the murder investigation continues.

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