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Juvenile Boy In Burlington Sentenced to Seven Years in Deaths

A Juvenile boy in Burlington, Colorado, was sentenced to seven years in the Homicide shooting of his parents.  He will be housed in a youth corrections facility for killing his Mother and Father and shooting two of his siblings. According to the Denver Post, the boy's criminal attorney was able to negotiate with the District Attorney's Office in Kit Carson County to make sure that the child would have a chance to succeed as an adult in the years to come.

An attorney should know how a specific Kit Carson or Denver DA handles cases similar to your own, how the police in Jefferson County usually fail to perform a specific routine inspection, or that the Judge in Douglas County will like to hear a specific type of argument. When a lawyer knows how to capitalize on the different roles and priorities of the government in a specific county, city, or town in Colorado, he can help his clients receive the best possible outcome, whether it be homicide or an assault case.

Sometimes people wonder how is justice served when a person can kill two adults, shoot several other people, and only get seven years in 'jail'? The answer is quite complex. The first thing to understand is that the goal of the juvenile justice system in Denver, Aurora, Castle Rock, and throughout Colorado is to rehabilitate juveniles and not burden them for life with criminal convictions. This is where a good juvenile criminal defense attorney is beneficial.

When children commit crimes in Colorado the goal of the legal system is to rehabilitate them for adulthood. In other words, through a good criminal lawyer, the district attorneys in Denver will sometimes lessen the amount of sentencing they would like to see a youth receive. In this case, the district attorney for Burlington, Colorado decided that this child could potentially be rehabilitated and wanted to try and let the boy start adulthood without being confined in jail for many more years.

An Experienced Criminal Attorney Can Make The Difference

Sometimes the worst and most unexpected things can happen to our kids. Every child involved in a Colorado juvenile criminal case deserves a second chance though. Here at the O'Malley Law Office, we fight for the rights of your child. If your child needs a lawyer, we provide a free in-office consultation. Come and see us. You will learn a ton about your charges and your case. So always remember, if your child is being investigated by the Burlington, Denver or Parker police, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and call us today at 303-731-0719. Together, we can protect your future.

2 Comments

Mr. O'Malley,
I understand some of the complexities of making a decision such as the one in this case. However, where does the rights of the victims come into play in this scenario? You write "goal of the juvenile justice system in Denver, Aurora, Castle Rock, and throughout Colorado is to rehabilitate juveniles and not burden them for life with criminal convictions". What about the burden the victims carry for the rest of their lives knowing the person who tried to kill them is out on the street? How can anyone know of a certainty that a juvenile who commits such a heinous act will be rehabilitated and not be a danger to the victims or anyone else in society? Would you want such a killer living in your home? Next door to you? Watching your children? I think many people would say "no".

Wally, the Colorado legislature is trying to find a delicate balance between protecting the public and throwing away a juvenile who has committed a serious criminal offense as murder. I would only want that juvenile offender in my neighborhood after a substantial punitive jail sentence, mental health treatment and a thorough evaluation is done showing that he is no longer a risk to me or my family. Hopefully, the mental health evaluators can give an educated opinion after several years treating such an offender. I don't want any juvenile avoiding responsibility for such a terrible act, nor do I want juveniles automatically sent away for life. Terry.

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