Guilty Verdict for 11-year-old Murderer
Jordan Brown, now 14, was accused of killing his father’s pregnant fiance three years ago. Today, the judge has finally issued a guilty verdict on all charges against Brown.
“It’s sad that it’s coming so late,” Deputy Attorney General Anthony Krastek said, referring to the counseling and treatment that Brown could have received. “We offered this same result two years ago and it was stubbornly refused.”
Prosecutors accused Brown of shooting down 26-year-old Kenzie Houk with his 20-gauge youth-model shotgun before he left for school. Houk was 8 months pregnant at that time, and the baby died of oxygen deprivation. Investigators found a shotgun shell along the path that Brown took to catch a bus to school. (Full story here)
County officials are devising a treatment plan for Brown; the boy could be released between now and when he turns 21 if juvenile court officials feel that he has been properly rehabilitated. If he is still in custody when he turns 21, he could potentially face life in prison if he is convicted of the same charges in adult court.
Jack Houk, the victim’s father is happy with the result but does not consider this a win. “We’re not `happy’ happy, but we’re pleased,” Houk said. “I hope he gets the treatment he needs in the time period that he’s got, short as it is.”