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Court says juvenile prison, not foster home, for mentally ill Contra Costa boy who stabbed friend’s brother with hunting knife

SAN FRANCISCO — An appeals court upheld Judge Contra Costa’s decision to send a teenager to a detention center operated by the California prison system, instead of a juvenile detention center, for stabbing his friend’s brother with a hunting knife, nearly killing him. sacrifice.

The Concord teenager, who is not named by this newspaper, was 16 years old in May 2019 when he used an eight-inch hunting knife to stab his 14-year-old friend’s brother nine times with a hunting knife, then ran to the nearest Dairy Queen on Treat Boulevard, and then asked the employee if he could use the phone. He then called 911 and explained that he believed the victim was going to kill him and that, according to court records, he may be suffering from a mental illness.

According to the decision of the Court of Appeal, in the end the boy agreed to a deal with the investigation and a conviction for aggravated assault, as well as a six-year term in custody. This left Judge John F. Kennedy with one decision: whether to send him to a juvenile hall or to the much stricter Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the Division of Juvenile Justice, formerly known as the California Department of Youth Affairs, which functions similarly to an adult prison.

Upholding Kennedy’s decision to transfer the teenager to DJJ, the First Circuit Court of Appeals, in its decision last November, noted that the boy was found in possession of a weapon in a juvenile prison and had several violent incidents. Perhaps most notably, when Kennedy handed down his sentence, he “punched and knocked down a camera in the courtroom” and then, in accordance with the decision, punched and kicked two officers who tried to restrain him.

On appeal, the teenager argued that it was a “leak of discretion” not to sentence him to a less restrictive program for the treatment of juvenile delinquents in a juvenile hall. Rejecting this, the appeals court judges wrote that the DJJ system has services for people with “serious mental health needs”.

“In addition, DJJ had an intensive behavioral treatment program for mentally ill wards who exhibited aggression and violence,” the decision reads. “There was evidence in the reports that the DJJ programs will provide (the teenager) with extensive, long-term behavioral and substance abuse counseling in a well-structured, disciplined, and carefully supervised environment that will benefit him. In addition, security measures have been taken at DJJ to ensure that the charges do not have weapons.”

At the time, authorities regarded the stabbing as an attempted murder and said they were lucky that the victim did not die. He was stabbed in the back and torso and was flown to Clayton Valley Charter High School where a medical helicopter landed to take him to Oakland Children’s Hospital where he was in critical condition.

The incident was similar to the infamous murder of a 9-year-old boy in April 2015, who was stabbed to death in his Discovery Bay home while he was sleeping. In this case, the perpetrator said that he thought the end of the world was coming due to the mental illness causing the delirium and wanted to see what it was like to kill someone. During a stabbing in Concord, a teenager was smoking marijuana when he became obsessed with the victim and attacked her in the living room of the house where they were hanging out. When the police arrived, the teen described “fucking weird (expletive) things going on in the area” and “people following him” and said that he thought the victim intended to kill him.


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