Under Calif. law, teens charged with murder in deadly fire can’t be tried as adults

Under Calif. law, teens charged with murder in deadly fire can’t be tried as adults
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[Ed. – They also face no more than 10 years in a juvenile facility: another fine law out of the Golden State.]

Members of a California community are enraged at the fact that two firefighters died battling an intentionally-set blaze at their town library, and the two teenagers charged with murder in their deaths are facing not more than 10 years in a juvenile facility.

Porterville Police Chief Eric Kroutil said that a later investigation revealed that two young boys were seen running from the building around the time the fire started. Authorities later tracked down and arrested the two teens, and charged them with arson and murder.

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The teens are both 13-years-old. California law prevents children of that age from being tried as adults for criminal offenses, even crimes as serious as arson or murder. Similarly, it prevents them from being held in confinement past the age of 25.

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