February 6, 2014

Revenge scheme backfires on juvenile

Sets car on fire


An argument between some local youth now has a 16-year-old scheduled for juvenile court.

Reports of a burning car sent Laurel County Sheriff’s Deputy Tyler Morris to Level Green Road, 14 miles south of London, where the parked vehicle sat in the driveway, on fire. The owner told Morris his daughter came outside to go to the store, smelled gas and saw the burning car. The vehicle was parked in the driveway next to the owner’s home.

An investigation led Morris to the juvenile, who admitted carrying gas to the residence, pouring it on the vehicle and setting it afire with a lighter. The juvenile allegedly said the act was done to get back at the children of the car owner, with whom he had an ongoing dispute.

Since the juvenile is under the legal age of 18, Morris had to contact the Court Designated Worker, a policy followed when deposition on juveniles must be made. A decision to cite the teen to juvenile court was reached and he was released to the custody of his parents.

Juvenile proceedings are confidential and are not released to the public unless a hearing is held to charge them as an adult.

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