Morgan Geyser was convicted for stabbing a classmate 19 times in 2014. The victim survived.
The court ruled that the girls would not receive long-term mental health care if tried in a juvenile court.
And don't count out The Countess just yet.
But when a 17-year-old commits a crime, is he or she considered a juvenile or an adult? The answer to that depends on the state in which the crime was committed. Increasingly, individual states are enacting laws that recognize 17-year-olds as juveniles, reversing laws that suggested they are adults.
Last Monday, a Wisconsin judge ruled that two 13-year-old girls would be tried as adults for crimes committed when they were 12. If convicted, they face 65 years in prison. If tried and convicted as juveniles, they would have been held for a maximum of five years in a youth detention facility.
"Often times people come into the adult system and they come out with more problems than they had before they went in."
The 13-year-olds could face decades in adult prison.
Most of us who live far from the reservation can turn the page and move on. But, given the history of the U.S. Government and the citizen record, one seeks "a spiritual victory" without much hope.
Twelve-year-old girls are not adults. They are children. But, somehow, with a stroke of a pen, two pre-pubescent tweens -- who can't vote, drive, or serve in the military -- have been transformed into adults for purposes of criminal punishment. But those adults don't exist. Anywhere. Except on paper in a courtroom.
In the past 12 months, Americans have met violent death at the hands of spree killers, haters of law enforcement, disturbed