Nebraska residents who hear about minors being arrested for crimes regardless of the nature of those offenses often assume that a person under the age of 18 will be charged as a juvenile, especially if they are two, three or more years younger than 18. However, that is not always the case as can be seen in some recent situations in the state.
One girl who is said to have shot and killed her father will in fact be charged as a juvenile. In addition to being only 14 years old, reports indicate this choice was made in part due to the belief that the girl may have been abused by her father. In contrast, a boy who is also 14 years old and shot and killed another person will be charged as an adult.
The boy and another teen, who is 15, are said to have planned a meeting with two 17-year-olds to purchase some pot. For some reason not identified in reports, the 14-year-old shot three times into the vehicle carrying the two older teens. One of the boys died from his wounds and now the alleged shooter has been charged with second degree assault and second degree murder among other offenses. Together, all of his charges could result in a life in prison sentence.
When a minor is arrested and charged with adult crimes, it may be useful for them to talk with an attorney in Nebraska who can explain things so that the defendant can understand their options.
Source: Omaha World-Herald, “14-year-old to be charged with 2nd-degree murder in shooting that killed North High student,” Alia Conley, March 1, 2018