(AP) -- A Dec. 17 trial is planned for the 14-year-old boy accused of firing a
handgun at Normal
Judge Elizabeth Robb on Tuesday ruled the teen will remain in juvenile
court, and she scheduled the case for a bench trial.
Robb says she decided not to transfer the boy to adult court after
receiving his psychiatric evaluation.
If prosecuted as an adult, he could have faced at least 30 years in
prison. The worst he'll get now is incarceration in a juvenile facility until
In court Tuesday, prosecutors read the boy's journal pages, which talked
about voices urging him to commit violence.
Authorities contend he had three handguns Sept. 7 when he fired shots
into a classroom ceiling before a teacher tackled him. Nobody was injured.