Jordan Brown, a 14-year-old Pennsylvania boy, has been sentenced in the case of the shooting death of his father’s pregnant fiance, as well as her unborn child.
According to Huffington Post, Brown, who was only 11 at the time of the killings, was ordered to be transferred to a treatment center by a Lawrence County judge on Friday.
The judge stated that Brown will be held at the facility and evaluated every 6 months to determine if he should be released. Brown has been convicted as “delinquent” in juvenile court, the equivalent of “guilty” in the shooting death of 26-year-old Kenzie Houk.
The woman was shot at close range with a.20-gauge youth model shotgun, while she slept in the family’s New Castle, Pennsylvania home on February 20, 2009. Houk was also pregnant with Christopher Brown’s son, who died as well.
Times Online reports that Jack Houk, father of Kenzie Houk told reporters:
“I had hoped that they tried Jordan as an adult and then he would have either been sentenced to prison for the rest of his life or set free. I’m not sure five or six years (of treatment) will be enough. I don’t think it’s enough time to help him.”
Victim impact statements were given by Kenzie’s mother Debbie, and sister Jennifer. Jack stated:
“It was very emotional. They talked to Jordan — not to cut him down — but to let him know what we lost. I hope a treatment facility rehabilitates him and helps him.”
According to Times Online, one of Jordan Brown’s defense attorneys, Dennis Elisco, stated that he plans to appeal the adjudication, which has found Brown delinquent of first-degree murder and criminal homicide of an unborn child.
Times Online also reports that Kenzie’s sister Jennifer Kraner, told reporters about how she spoke to Brown in the court room. She asked him:
“How could you do this? You took so much from us. I hope time, healing and prayer will move us past this.”
She further stated:
“We were crying, but he showed no remorse. I hope and pray that there is some sort of forward motion (when it comes to Brown’s rehabilitation).”