9-year-old arsonist will go to trial for 5 murders
The April tragedy, which claimed the lives of five people, is overgrown with new details. As it became known in the deliberate arson of the Goodfield mobile home, a 9-year-old boy was charged and for a long time the court did not know what to do with the young criminal.
Under current law, children under the age of 14 cannot be convicted or prosecuted, but this murder is unusual. The prosecutor’s office nevertheless decided to indict on five counts, consisting of the premeditated murder of five people, deliberate arson and arson with aggravating circumstances.
On April 6, a fire claimed the lives of two adults and three children, whose age was from 1 to 2 years. Katrina Alwood and another child managed to escape from the fire. The coroner who investigated the crime scene reported that all the dead had died from the carbon monoxide gas and that the burning was undoubtedly intentional.
And while the prosecutor's office decides to judge him as a minor or adult, the Juvenile Justice Initiative, based in Evanston, Illinois, believes that children should not be responsible for criminal offenses at all, because they do not understand what they are doing.
The former neighbors of the deceased also argue that the child needs specialized help rather than punishment.
To date, the boy is not in danger of imprisonment, the real term can be replaced by a suspended sentence of 5 to 20 years.