Jahmir Ricks: Not A Free "Man"
He is accused of killing his older brother. Over a video game. The DAs office wanted to try him as an adult, not so much to punish him for committing an "adult" crime but so he would be under court jurisdiction for the next couple of decades instead of having the slate wiped clean when he was 21 (or is it 18?).
As it is, he will be transferred to the county juvenile facility in Lima, to be with kids accused of lesser crimes. He will spend less time alone in a jail cell and more time in the company of his peers.
From there he will probably go to another secure facility, possibly Pine Grove SCI for boys.
The county's handling of this case has been reasonable. It is not every day 13-year-old boys stand accused of murder. And making sure the community is protected from individuals capable of such violence is the job of cops, prosecutors and judges.
But the facts of the case suggest the violent act committed by this 13-year-old was the result of years of "toughening up" at the hands of brother. Anwan Ricks had told others he slapped his little brother around just for that purpose. He got back what he dished out in spades.
Whether Jahmir will ever recover from what he did that day and all that followed remains to be seen. Certainly, his brother won't.
As it does, the system and our society, will give this young man a second chance. He would have also gotten it had he been charged as an adult, just with more strings attached.
I met him a few months ago in the juvenile wing of the adult county prison. In his cell. He was not the stereotypical tough street kid. He was shy, docile and small.
Kids change. For better and for worse. We'll see.