Lawyer: Mattoon school shooter needs treatment, not prison


MATTOON, Ill. (WAND) - The teenager who is accused of opening fire inside the Mattoon High School cafeteria last year needs mental health treatment, not juvenile prison, his lawyer and a psychiatrist said.

The News Gazette reported on a conversation held on "A Penny For Your Thoughts" on WDWS 1400-AM.

Dr. Larry Jeckel, a psychiatrist who examined the teen and his attorney, Ed Piraino, both said he suffers from a barrage of mental health issues and desperately needs treatment.

However, finding place where he could receive that treatment is proving difficult.

So far, they have not found a facility that will take him.

Jeckel said the teen needs a confined space to spend the next few years getting better.

Coles County State's Attorney Brian Bower has previously said if the teen is convicted and has good behavior in juvenile prison, he could be free by the time he turns 21.

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