HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — A 15-year-old Ohio boy will be kept in juvenile detention until he is 21 for opening fire on fellow students in a school cafeteria.
Butler County Juvenile Court Judge Ronald Craft says James Austin Hancock will be free at 21 unless he causes problems in juvenile custody. If so, he could then face going into the adult prison system.
The teenager pleaded guilty to four counts of attempted murder and one count of inducing panic. Hancock was charged in the February shooting at Madison Local Schools near Middletown. Two students were wounded by gunfire, and two others were hurt either by shrapnel or while running away.
Craft said Monday that he didn’t know why Hancock shot other students but that he had to be punished.