A 12-year-old Pennsylvania boy charged with killing his father’s pregnant fiance is unlikely to be rehabilitated in the juvenile justice system by his 21st birthday, so he will stand trial as an adult, a judge ruled this week. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says that if he is convicted of first-degree murder, Jordan Brown would be the youngest person in the U.S. to serve a life sentence in prison without parole.
Police say Jordan fatally shot Kenzie Houk, 26, with a 20-gauge shotgun as she slept in their farmhouse last year. Her unborn son, who was nearly full term, also died. Jordan was 11 at the time. Jordan’s attorneys had asked Judge Dominick Motto to move the case to juvenile court, citing a defense psychologist who said the boy would be at “low-risk” for future violence. That conclusion was “extremely vague,” Motto wrote, noting that the psychologist, Kirk Heilbrun, did not fully consider the possibility of Jordan’s guilt.