Tuesday, May 5, 2009

13 year old bank robber to be tried as an adult


What path did Deonte Moore’s life take that he now finds himself an adult at the age of 13? What happened to Deonte before he was found covered in red ink, cowering in a garage, with an unloaded 22 caliber gun?

The Judge found the 13 year old bank robber “extremely aggressive and menacing”; a boy who had not complied with probation and missed several appointments; a boy who had been suspended from school … for alleged gang activity who never went back. As a result, Judge Chris Fredericksen deemed this 13 year old boy - Deonte Moore - an adult.

Judge Fredericksen’s ruling assures us that Deonte will receive little or no education, mental health treatment, or rehabilitative programming; Deonte will have an adult criminal record which will limit his future education and employment opportunities; Deonte will be at great risk of rape, assault and maybe even death in adult jails and prisons with adult inmates and then he will be released (if he makes it out) – back to Peoria. If Judge Fredericksen finds Deonte Moore “extremely aggressive and menacing now”, just wait until this little boy finishes his stint with the big boys.

10 comments:

EMERGE said...

"It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men."

Frederick Douglas

Themis said...

I have seen and dealt with these kids for years now and still cannot believe in the 'wisdom' of the legislatures across the country allow them to be deemed 'adults'. Sad and such a waste to have disposable children. Now he will end up in my partner's courtroom. It's an abomination, especially when you see the 'real' adult criminals in there daily.

(I like my word verification today: rewake)

MiddleAgedWomanBlogging said...

The whole thing hurts my heart from beginning to end. I can't imagine what kind of childhood he had that brought him to this point. I can't imagine being one of his teachers and not having a safe place, perhaps an alternative school, to send him. I can't imagine being his parent and not knowing how to handle the situation.

What he did was deplorable. But still, he is only 13. THIRTEEN!!! Not an adult. A child.... a scared, lonely, angry child.

Anonymous said...

America you are SICK ! How can you deem a 13 year old an adult ?Indeed he made a mistake, a huge mistake. But it is not too late to bring him back on the right path. Being raped and abused in jail by real adults won´t make him a better person. I am happy that children of that age will always be granted a second chance on this side of the Atlantic.

Mike , Berlin/Germany

kcdad said...

I am just gonna guess that this kid is dark skinned.

The last time I can recall a white kid being tried as an adult was Todd Gorsuch.

EMERGE said...

@ kcdad, you may be right. However, it would be a tragedy either way (black or white).

Sud O. Nym said...

While I agree with your thoughts, I just thought I would point out that if convicted, he wouldn't be sent to an adult prison until he is 18. They don't put 13 year olds in general population.

Doesn't make the underlying situation any better.

Anonymous said...

Deonte is a former student of mine and my heart breaks for him and his family. I will continue to pray for you.....

Anonymous said...

The people that want to try Deonte Moore as an adult.Are these the same people that tried the couple that killed their child as kids? To me this is a crime far worst. To kill a child! And you tell me this is not racist!! Come people stand up for this child. give him a chance to grow and try to mend his ways. Now he will never be given a chance. They are probably already talking behind bars, whose B.... will he be? Haven help the child...!

Anonymous said...

No one has commented on this page in a while which suggests that he has been forgotten about. I have met Mr. Moore and I hope that, if he is granted freedom, he will make the most of it. He will let the time he has served be something that happened in the past and not something that will define the rest of his life.