Two Jacksonville teenagers were arrested and charged with the death of an 18-year-old boy in October.
On Friday evening, 14-year-old Ryan Turner and 17-year-old Manning Kinney were arrested for a fatal shootout at Regency Park Shopping Center in which 18-year-old Laramie Bowen died.
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office believes the shooting started as a break-in attempt.
On October 17, Bowen arrived at the Regency Park Mall with two other people. Police said the three were “about to commit a robbery when Bowen was gunshot and died on the scene”.
A JSO memo said Turner was arrested for second degree murder, attempted armed robbery and tampering with evidence, while Kinney was subjected to second degree murder and attempted robbery.
This case marks the eighth murder since July in which the suspects are 20 years or younger.
It’s a trend that seems to have been declining since last year.
Nationwide, the Office for Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention reported that the number of juvenile arrests for violent crimes has halved in the last 15 years.
According to the FBI, more than a quarter of murders last year were committed by those under the age of 22, and about 5% of perpetrators were under 18.
News4Jax’s crime and security expert Ken Jefferson said murder cases involving teenage suspects are less common but are pursued equally.
“The case is really no different from an adult’s,” Jefferson said. “If there is a murder in which one person kills another person, it is treated the same way. You know circumstances can be slightly different. But the way his grip on judgment leads is no different from anything else. “
Jefferson said solving the problem of juvenile violence begins at home.
“Let’s put the blame where it belongs, on the households of these people they came from,” Jefferson said. “The parents who are responsible for bringing up their children. Much of this behavior is because it’s not the kind of parent who should be at home. “
Second degree murder is obviously the highest level crime and could result in life imprisonment if convicted.
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