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Posted on 01/09/2009 9:51:16 PM PST by buccaneer81
Murder defendant had nearly 600-page case file as juvenile Judge opted not to send teen to adult court in 2004 burglary-arson case Friday, January 9, 2009 10:30 PM By Holly Zachariah and John Futty THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH Charlie Myers said this week that when he shot a woman to death in her Dayton-area home on Jan. 2, it was the first time he'd ever had a gun.
That was a lie.
On March 5, 2004, when Myers was just a few months shy of his 18 t h birthday, he broke into his neighbor's home in Union County and stole two Remington shotguns and Ruger and Marlin rifles, among other things. He also stole photographs of the elderly couple's grandchildren wearing bikinis. And he took women's underwear and a bathing suit.
Then, he set a blanket on fire and burned down the house.
While the flames roared through the home of Clarence and Colleen Erickson in the middle of the night, Myers approached a fire chief and told him that he had gone inside the house to save a bunny. The fire chief noted in a report that the teen's presence seemed out of place and that he should be found later and questioned.
But Myers didn't leave the scene after talking to the chief. Instead, he approached the Ericksons' son and told him how he had kicked in the door and tried to "save the old man." Mr. and Mrs. Erickson, however, were vacationing in Florida at the time.
Within two days of the fire, deputies arrested Myers. He had tried to sell the guns to a local dealer. Prosecutors charged him with aggravated arson, burglary and grand theft. They wanted him tried as an adult.
So did the Erickson family.
Judge Charlotte Coleman Eufinger of Union County Juvenile Court disagreed. According to nearly 600 pages of Myers' juvenile case file, a psychological evaluation back then showed that Myers suffers from fetal alcohol syndrome, was abused as a child, could barely read and had had impaired hearing since birth, although it went unrecognized by his family until he was 6.
All those things factored into the judge's decision to keep Myers' case in juvenile court rather than send it to adult court, according to transcripts of the proceedings.
Today, Eufinger said she based her decision to keep Myers in the juvenile system on the facts presented to her at the time.
According to the court transcripts, the judge relied on the evaluation that said Myers could barely read, functioned at an elementary-school level and was not psychologically ready for an adult prison. She said in 2004 that she felt strongly that, even though Myers had been sentenced twice before to juvenile facilities and placed in 20 foster homes, his hearing impairment never had been adequately considered when it came to treatment.
She sentenced him to the maximum time allowed.
"Charlie, what this court wants to do is make sure that you are protected and that other people are protected," Eufinger told him at sentencing. "I believe you can be a productive citizen, Charlie. I believe that you're going to have treatment that will help you. I want you to work with them so that you can get better. Are you going to do that?"
He gave his answer through an interpreter: "I don't know."
Myers left the state system on July 4, 2007, his 21 s t birthday.
The fact that Myers is now accused of such a heinous crime came as no surprise to the Erickson family.
Colleen Erickson said she thought the teenager, who had been staying with an aunt when he lived next door to the Ericksons, was a bad seed from the beginning.
She said the fire that destroyed the dream home that she and her husband built in 1976 on Raymond Road near Marysville shattered their lives. Her husband was never the same. "He just faded after that," she said. Mr. Erickson died in March 2007 at the age of 76. Mrs. Erickson, who still lives in Marysville, said she had feared for her safety ever since hearing that Myers had been released. News of his latest arrest left her family with mixed emotions.
"We're so happy he's in jail, but why did he have to kill someone to get there?" she said.
After he was released from the juvenile system, Myers had other run-ins with the law before this murder arrest. In April, he pleaded guilty to two counts of auto theft in Franklin County Common Pleas Court.
For those, Judge Michael J. Holbrook sentenced him to up to six months in the county's community-based corrections center, followed by five years of probation. It was unclear today how long Myers served.
Had Myers been convicted of aggravated arson as an adult rather than as a juvenile, it might have made a difference in his sentence for the auto thefts, Holbrook said. Or it might not.
The judge said he saw no indication that Myers was capable of the crime he is charged with in Montgomery County: "No one has a crystal ball in this job."
Too bad there’s no way to hold judges accountable. They routinely endanger lives and allow predators into society.
Judge Charlotte Coleman Eufinger
Courthouse, 215 W. 5th Street
Marysville, Ohio 43040
Actually, they're elected here. She's toast now, after this story.
A 600-page case file as a juvenile = Hard core Antisocial Personality Disorder
No amount of liberal democrat enabling of this monster will ever do any good. You only doom innocent people to death by releasing these sociopaths.
From The Weekly Standard, 'Barack Obama's Lost Years', 08/11/2008:
"Ayers opposes trying even the most vicious juvenile murderers as adults. Beyond that, he'd like to see the prison system itself essentially abolished. Unsatisfied with mere reform, Ayers wants to address the deeper 'structural problems of the system.' Drawing explicitly on Michel Foucault, a French philosopher beloved of radical academics, Ayers argues that prisons artificially impose obedience and conformity on society, thereby creating a questionable distinction between the 'normal' and the 'deviant.' The unfortunate result, says Ayers, is to leave the bulk of us feeling smugly superior to society's prisoners. Home detention, Ayers believes, might someday be able to replace the prison. Ayers also makes a point of comparing America's prison system to the mass-detention of a generation of young blacks under South African Apartheid. Ayers's tone may be different, but the echoes of Jeremiah Wright's anti-prison rants are plain."
sadly common. obama has always opposed prison, except for self defense cases
Judges should be able to be sued just like the rest of us.
“The unfortunate result, says Ayers, is to leave the bulk of us feeling smugly superior to society’s prisoners.”
Am I the only one who has no problem with feeling superior to those who choose to commit crimes, especially those crimes that warrant imprisonment?
“no way to hold judges accountable”
I would like to see someone start a fund where scumbags who are let go are moved into neighborhoods of the judges that let them go—preferably next door.
how about negligent homicide like the rest of us?
“Myers suffers from fetal alcohol syndrome, was abused as a child, could barely read and had had impaired hearing since birth”
I don’t care. That’s lawyer talk for “I can get away with murder”.
'Guilty as hell, free as a birdAmerica is a great country,' he [Ayers] said."
August 2001, Chicago Magazine (article: No Regrets)
"Kill all the rich people. Break up their cars and apartments. Bring the revolution home, kill your parents, that's where it's really at"
-Bill Ayers, New York Times, September 11, 2001:
Article: "No Regrets for a Love Of Explosives; In a Memoir of Sorts, a War Protester Talks of Life With the Weathermen"
Firing squad. Show it live at halftime of the Super Bowl after a brief video biography of the perp. Have a contest where the winner gets to be one of the shooters.
I reckon a .220 Swift with a 55 grain soft point would produce effective results.
Why cannot the victims have a civil rights claim against the state of Ohio?
Some of the greatest most friendly people I have ever met had problems similar to this man. They had just decided to be good people and excelled at it.