Four teenagers who threw stones from an overpass on the highway before someone killed a father-of-one can be sentenced as adults, judging the rules
- Kenneth White, 32, a father of one, was killed in 2017 in Michigan after being hit by a rock thrown by a group of five teenagers
- He was a passenger in a van driving south on the I-75
- Four of the teenagers who were younger than 18 at the time of death pleaded guilty of manslaughter, but a judge has now ruled that they will be sentenced as adults
- Trevor Gray, Mark Sekelsky, Alexzander Miller and Mikadyn Payne have until August 20 to decide whether to withdraw their guilty funds
- White & # 39; s mother, Teresa Simpson, said she & # 39; very satisfied & # 39; is in line with the court's decision
Four teenagers can be sentenced as adults after they have been found guilty of throwing stones from an overpass on the highway before someone hit and killed a father and one in a van downstairs.
Kenneth White, 32, was a passenger in a work van driving on I-75 to Vienna Township, Michigan on October 18, 2017 at 8:30 PM on I-75.
Four of the teenagers, then younger than 18, pleaded guilty of manslaughter in July 2018.
But today, Judge Joseph Farah of the Genesee County Circuit rejected a motion to send them to a juvenile detention center, according to CNN branch WJRT.
Trevor Gray, Mark Sekelsky, Alexzander Miller and Mikadyn Payne have until 20 August to decide whether to withdraw their guilty pleadings for manslaughter, and everyone either goes to jail, goes to court or looks for a new deal for conviction.
Trevor Gray, 15, Alexzander Miller, 15, Mikadyn Payne, 16 and Kyle Anger, 17, all from Clio, Mich. For their trial before Judge William Crawford on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, at Genesee County District Court in Michigan
Ken White and his fiancée Aimee Cagle are depicted in a photograph. White was killed when he was hit by a rock thrown from an overpass on October 20, 2017, in Vienna Township, Michigan
While lawyers claimed that none of the four teenagers had dropped the fatal rock, Farah repeatedly said no one was forced to be at the scene of the crime. About 20 rocks were found strewn on the highway, police had said.
& # 39; The severity of the alleged violation is as high as possible & # 39 ;, Farah said in court Tuesday. & # 39; This is a murder. & # 39;
A fifth teenager, 19-year-old Kyle Anger, is accused of throwing the rock that White has killed.
He was over 18 years old when the crime took place and pleaded guilty of second-degree murder. He will be sentenced at a later date.
The Trevor Gray shown is one of the five defendants accused as adults in the death of Kenneth White
White's father, Kenneth White Sr., told CNN branch WNEM after the teenagers were charged: & # 39; There are no words to describe it. I have buried my mother, father and oldest brother in the last four years and this is the most difficult thing I have ever done in my life. & # 39;
His mother, Teresa Simpson, added that the teenagers were denied juvenile punishment and tried as adults: & I am very happy with it. My prayers were answered.
& # 39; I am delighted with the decision that was made today. It is what I wanted. It is what we all wanted for him. & # 39;
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