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Gang member sentenced as an adult for first-degree assault

EVERETT — The system isn’t set up to heal the wounds that 17-year-old Seth Friendly bears from childhood.

He will go to prison and to survive he likely will adapt to that life, Snohomish County Superior Court Judge Joseph Wilson said. “There are no good consequences in the future here,” he said.

Wilson pointed out that because Friendly was convicted as an adult, he faces much stiffer penalties — a lengthy prison sentence and all it carries — for crimes he committed at age 16. The adult system is set up to punish and warehouse, not rehabilitate, Wilson said.

Most people he encounters are redeemable, the judge said. And most often young defendants who come before him have experienced trauma. “They’re broken. Our system is not designed to fix that break,” Wilson said.

The judge sentenced Friendly to nearly 13 years in prison, a low-end term under the state’s Sentencing Guidelines Commission.

A jury convicted Friendly, a gang member, of first-degree assault with a firearm for gunfire June 6, 2016, near an apartment building on Casino Road. The target was a 17-year-old girl who was dating a rival gang member. She was not injured.

Friendly had turned 16 about a week before the shooting. His neck is tattooed with the initials of a south Everett gang. Police found those same initials freshly spray-painted on an electrical box near where the shooters would have been standing.

Friendly also was suspected of taking part in another shooting about a week later.

The boy was charged as an adult because of the serious nature of the crime.

Everett defense attorney Thomas Cox fought to have the case handled in juvenile court, where Friendly would have faced a couple of years behind bars. Cox argued that Friendly had no prior record and would have a greater chance at rehabilitation in the juvenile system.

He renewed his argument Thursday, asking the judge to take into account his client’s age, background and the positive changes he has made while being locked up at Denney Juvenile Justice Center for more than a year. Friendly is bright and has done well at school while incarcerated, the judge was told.

Cox asked Wilson to spare Friendly any time in adult prison. He asked that he be held in juvenile lock-up until his 21st birthday.

In recent years, the U.S. Supreme Court has made findings recognizing that young people’s brains are fundamentally different from adults. That acknowledgment has shifted how courts are asked to consider punishment for juvenile defendants, including an analysis of culpability given their development as well as their capacity for rehabilitation.

“We have a chance right now, at his age, to turn a corner,” Cox said.

Snohomish County deputy prosecutor Katie Wetmore on Thursday asked for a 15-year sentence, saying the shootings were planned and not impulsive acts. The victim, she said, left the state because she’s afraid of gang retaliation.

“He deserves a high-end sentence. The community deserves to be safe,” Wetmore said.

There have been dozens of gang-related shootings in Snohomish County in the past two years. Gangs have been warring in south Everett, inside and outside city limits. A 14-year-old boy was shot to death earlier this month over the color of his shoes. A 13-year-old boy is charged with murder for the killing.

On Thursday, Friendly apologized for traumatizing his victim. “I don’t want people in my community to be afraid of me,” he said.

“I just want to do something with my life that doesn’t hurt anyone,” he said.

Wilson was bothered by the decision in front of him.

Some of Friendly’s most formative years will be spent behind bars, locked up with older and more seasoned criminals. Prison isn’t designed to turn people into model citizens, the judge said.

Yet, he said, he wasn’t presented with anything that would support going below a standard range sentence. The defendant is intelligent and doesn’t suffer from a mental illness, he said. He wasn’t given evidence to suggest that Friendly lacked impulse control or was involved because of peer pressure. “I’m not seeing what these studies are asking me to look for,” Wilson said.

Friendly took part in two planned shootings, which easily could have resulted in someone getting hurt or killed, the judge said.

“Mr. Friendly I am sorry we don’t have anything to bring to you that would be a different outcome,” Wilson said.

The teen is expected to be held in a juvenile facility until he’s 18. He could stay until he’s 21 if he meets certain criteria. He would serve the rest of his time in adult prison.

Wilson recognized what the young man is facing. He encouraged him to find a way back from it.

“The story of (a) man is never done until his last breath,” Wilson said. “What is happening now does not have to measure you.”

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Adult is calling and texting young teen

Dear Amy: Some time ago, I found out that my 20-year-old granddaughter “Sally’s” ex-boyfriend “Jason” is calling and texting Sally’s 13-year-old sister late at night.

When I expressed my concern to these girls’ mother (my daughter) that a 20-something male was calling and texting a 12-year-old (she has since turned 13), her mother brushed it off, saying that he had always been close to Sally’s younger sisters, and, anyway, he lives five hours away.

This has been going on for months now, and I find it inappropriate, no matter how far away he lives.

Jason and Sally dated for about two years, but I don’t suppose Jason saw the younger sisters more than half a dozen times in that time. To be fair, anytime I was aware of him, he seemed to be a thoroughly nice young man, but I still feel that there is something off or wrong about this.

New Study Casts Doubt on Diagnosis of Adult-Onset ADHD

Dr. Solanto said the study all but ruled out adult-onset A.D.H.D. as a stand-alone diagnosis. Other experts cautioned that it was too early to say definitively, and noted that attention deficits often precede mood and substance abuse problems — which in turn can mask the condition.

The new analysis drew on data from a decades-long study of childhood A.D.H.D. that had tracked youngsters from age 9 or 10 up through early adulthood, gathering detailed histories from multiple sources, including doctors and parents.

That project, begun in 1994, recruited 579 children with diagnosed A.D.H.D., as well as a group of 289 in the same classrooms for comparison purposes.

Of those “control” youngsters, the new study found, 24 would go on to develop attention deficit problems much later on, during high school or after. Classic A.D.H.D. is diagnosed between ages 5 and 12.

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The authors of the new report, led by Margaret Sibley, an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral health at Florida International University, carefully examined the extensive records of those 24 with adult-onset A.D.H.D. The researchers found that the attention deficits in all but five cases most likely stemmed from other causes, like marijuana use, depression or anxiety.

And the remaining five were hardly straightforward cases: One subject had previously had an eating disorder, another had shown signs of mania.

“This suggests to me the diagnosis doesn’t exist independent of a compelling psychiatric history,” said Dr. Sibley. “No one in our group developed A.D.H.D. in adulthood out of nowhere.”

Some 10 percent of children are given a diagnosis of A.D.H.D., and most grow out of it to some extent. One reason that symptoms may emerge seemingly from nowhere in high school or later, experts say, is that some youngsters have offsetting abilities, like high I.Q., or supports, such as sensitive parents or teachers, that mask the problems early on.


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In this respect, upbringing and environment may effectively blunt or contain symptoms.

Not all experts believe the new report is the last word.

“When we take out all those people who have complicating problems, like substance use and mood disorders, we still find that about a third of late-onset cases remain,” said Jessica Agnew-Blais, a postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London.

She was co-author of a previous study that estimated the prevalence of adult-onset A.D.H.D. at about 6 percent. “What this discrepancy points to is that it’s important to look at different populations,” Dr. Agnew-Blais said of the new findings.

“I don’t think clinicians should be shutting the door, if the only sticking point is the age of onset of symptoms,” she added.

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Jesse Sutherland: Adult charges in teen death | WFTV | WFTV

by: WFTV Web Staff
Updated: Oct 19, 2017 – 9:19 AM

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WINTER PARK, Fla. – A 16-year-old boy faces adult charges in the death of a Winter Park teenager, investigators said.

Roger Trindade, 15, was beaten to death at a park last October, police said.

Jesse Sutherland faces charges of manslaughter and battery, and will be tried as an adult, investigators said. A spokesperson for the Orange/Osceola County State Attorney’s Office said it’s at the discretion of the prosecutor as to when to charge a minor as an adult.

Read: Judge denies bond for teenage boy accused of 2 Winter Park beatings

Benjamin Sutherland, the teen’s father, told a judge Wednesday that his son should be allowed to come back home. The father told the judge he’s on disability for the next few months and would keep an eye on his son.

Jesse Sutherland was on house arrest when he was arrested Tuesday night.

Sutherland posted a $7,600 bail and was released from jail.

Two other teens also face charges in Trindade’s death. Witnesses said it was Sutherland who threw the first punch at Trindade.

Simeon Hall was re-arrested last week after police said he punched another teen at a park Oct. 8.

Hall faces adult charges of felony battery and tampering with an electronic monitoring device.

Read: Police: Winter Park fatal beating suspect accused of attacking another teenager

Jagger Gouda, 14, was charged with witness tampering and battery — charges to which he pleaded no contest. He’s scheduled to be sentenced in November.

Read: Deputies: Human remains found in east Orange County those of missing woman

Watch below as Jesse Sutherland faces a judge Wednesday:

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Why Asthma Can Hit You Harder as an Adult

Stepping outside for a deep breath of fresh air is one of life’s simple pleasures.

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But for some people, that same deep breath can prompt breathing difficulties or chest-tightening. If this sounds familiar, you may have adult-onset asthma.

“People think about asthma starting in childhood,”  says pulmonologist Rachel Taliercio, DO. “Developing asthma later on is more common than you think. However, we are not as good at recognizing it in older adults.” The resulting delays in diagnosis and treatment can lead to serious problems.

Here, she answers common questions about adult-onset asthma and explains why it is often more serious later in life:

Q: What causes adult-onset asthma and what are its symptoms?

A: The reason adults develop asthma isn’t always clear. Respiratory infections, allergies and airway irritants, such as smoke and mold, can be triggers.

Asthma inflames the airways, triggering excess mucus production and smooth muscle spasms. This narrows the airways, causing symptoms such as:

  • Chest tightness or pressure
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Wheezing as you exhale (a whistling sound)
  • Shortness of breath after exertion
  • A dry cough
  • Colds that quickly move to the chest and symptoms that can linger

While the symptoms for adult-onset and childhood asthma are the same, they are typically intermittent in childhood and persistent in adulthood.

Inhaled and oral asthma medications, which open the airways and soothe inflammation, are used to treat acute symptoms and prevent flare-ups.

Q: Is asthma more dangerous for adults?

A: Yes. The death rate for adult-onset asthma is substantially higher than the death rate for childhood asthma.

One reason may be that adults either ignore asthma symptoms or attribute them to being overweight, being out of shape or getting older.

Asthma symptoms can also mimic those of other illnesses, including:

Unfortunately, any delays in the diagnosis and treatment of asthma can permanently impair lung function.

Q: What increases your risk for adult-onset asthma?

A: Most childhood asthma disappears in adulthood. But having childhood asthma increases your risk of a relapse in your 30s or 40s. Other factors that increase the risk of adult-onset asthma include:

  • Being overweight or obese: A low level of physical activity, changes in lung physiology and higher levels of inflammation are among several factors at play.
  • Being female: Hormonal fluctuations in pregnancy and menopause can trigger asthma.
  • Allergens: Cats, cigarette smoke, chemicals, mold or dust can trigger asthma.

Q: How well does treatment work for adults with asthma?

Asthma can be more difficult  to control in adults for several reasons:

  • Asthma medications can be less effective later in life, particularly for those who are obese.
  • Oral steroids can worsen glaucoma, cataracts and osteoporosis.
  • Being on beta-blockers for heart problems can increase the severity of asthma.
  • The lungs and chest walls are stiffer and the muscles supporting deep breathing are weaker in adults.

For these reasons, adults with asthma are at increased risk for flare-ups and even hospitalization.

Q: How can you improve your asthma control in adulthood?

A: To keep asthma under control, follow your doctor’s instructions as closely as possible. Here are some additional tips:

  • Take prescription drugs as directed. Consult your doctor before making any changes. Let your doctor know if you are taking any over-the-counter medications.
  • Monitor your lung capacity. Visit your doctor frequently to have your lung function checked. You can also monitor your lung function at home with a peak flow meter. This will detect lung changes even before you notice them.
  • Develop an action plan and follow it. Create a step-by-step treatment plan with your doctor that walks you through what to do if asthma symptoms worsen.
  • Use your rescue inhaler correctly. This can be the toughest part of managing asthma (especially if you struggle with strength or dexterity due to arthritis or other health problems). If using your inhaler is too frustrating, ask your doctor about nebulized medication that you can breathe in over 10 to 15 minutes.

If you suspect you might have asthma, see your doctor as soon as possible.

“Undiagnosed asthma can contribute to further loss of lung function that may be permanent,” Dr. Taliercio says. “Don’t ignore your symptoms.”

You’ll breathe a whole lot easier once you address the problem.

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Prosecutors seeking to certify teen suspect as adult in killing of Bedford girl

Prosecutors will seek to certify as an adult a 16-year-old Fort Worth youth accused of using a hammer to kill a 14-year-old Bedford girl this summer.

A certification hearing has not been scheduled for the teen, who has been charged with delinquent conduct/murder.

“It could be several months before that hearing is held,” Tarrant County district attorney spokeswoman Sam Jordan said in a Thursday telephone interview.

The teen, who remains in the custody of Tarant County juvenile authorities, has been charged with delinquent conduct/murder in the slaying of Kaytlynn Cargill on June 19. He would face stiffer penalties and serve time in an adult prison if he were certified and convicted.

The teen has made several appearances in a Tarrant County juvenile court since he was detained on Sept. 1, and a judge has ordered him to remain in custody.

In his first court appearance on Sept. 4, several times the youth shook his head no as the probation officer went over the 11-page warrant, particularly during a portion regarding an alleged attempt to create an alibi on the day Kaytylnn died.

The teenager is not being identified by the Star-Telegram because he is a juvenile. He has been at the Tarrant County Juvenile Detention Facility in Fort Worth since Friday.

The arrest warrant affidavit states that he is accused of killing Katylynn during an alleged $300 marijuana deal at the Oak Creek West Apartments, near Pennington Field in Bedford, where she lived with her parents.

DNA evidence and cellphone records linked the 16-year-old to Kaytlynn’s death, according to the arrest warrant.

Bedford police have declined to comment on the case.

Kaytlynn’s body was found June 21 in a north Arlington landfill, two days after she went missing from the her family’s Bedford apartment. The Tarrant County medical examiner later ruled that she died of “homicidal violence,” but declined to provide details.

The teen told Bedford police he and Kaytlynn planned to meet at the apartment complex dog park on June 19, but that she never showed up, according to the warrant. He told investigators he did see Kaytlynn’s dog.

A witness told police that Kaytlynn went to the dog park that day to take part in a marijuana exchange with the suspect and his brother, according to the affidavit. She was going to make marijuana “dabs” — or cannabis concentrates — and sell them back to the suspect, the affidavit says.

The witness said he followed Kaytlynn because he was concerned for her safety. The witness later told Bedford police that the suspect had been aggressive and disrespectful to females, the affidavit states.

The witness saw Kaytlynn meet with the suspect, but she ran away because she saw the witness watching them, according to the warrant. The witness and Kaytlynn returned to her home, but Kaytlynn returned to the dog park about an hour later “to get the money,” according to the warrant.

The witness, who had tied up Kaytlynn’s dog at the dog park, went to play basketball and never saw her again, according to the warrant.

Officers began searching for the girl after she was reported missing about 8:15 p.m. on the same day. Bedford Police Chief Jeff Gibson had said that there was no evidence to suggest that Kaytlynn had been abducted or was in danger after she went missing, so an Amber Alert was not issued.

At the time, Gibson also said, “Our information … does not indicate a further risk to our community.”

Bedford police have repeatedly said that the community was not at risk.

The suspect had been staying with his girlfriend at the apartment complex for two weeks before Cargill was killed, according to the affidavit. Police investigators on June 25 found blood on several walls and other parts of the girlfriend’s apartment, as well as on the head of a hammer believed to be the murder weapon, the arrest warrant states.

DNA evidence confirmed that the blood matched Kaytlynn’s, the warrant says.

The suspect told Bedford police that on the evening of June 19, his uncle picked him up at his girlfriend’s Bedford apartment and he went to live with the uncle in Fort Worth, according to the affidavit.

Police obtained a search warrant on Aug. 2 for the Fort Worth man’s apartment and found 17 pieces of evidence, according to the arrest affidavit.

One was a handwritten note between the 16-year-old and his girlfriend, who was in Alabama on June 19. His girlfriend told Bedford police he was attempting to create an alibi with her and told her to write down times and things they would have been doing on that date, the warrant states.

The girlfriend also told Bedford police that the conversations about his alibi were over FaceTime because the suspect was worried that his telephone conversations were being intercepted, according to the affidavit.

Cellphone records showed deleted calls and texts between June 17 and 21 and cited abnormal cellphone behavior on the day Kaytlynn was killed, according to the arrest warrant.

Kaytlynn’s body was found in the Arlington landfill on June 21.

Officials with Republic Service Sanitation confirmed to detectives that the dumpsters at the Bedford apartment complex were picked up on June 21 and taken to the landfill, the affidavit states.

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Fort Worth Police and the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office are looking for these 10 fugitives. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest. Call 817-469-8477.

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Second Winter Park teen in Roger Trindade death charged as an adult

The second boy charged in the beating death of Winter Park teen Roger Trindade is now being tried as an adult, records show.

Jesse Sutherland, 16, was booked into the Orange County Jail on Wednesday morning, according to its website.

He’s facing manslaughter and battery charges. Jesse is slated to go in front of a judge Wednesday afternoon.

The other suspect, Simeon Hall, 16, also is being charged as an adult. He went in front of a judge on Tuesday. Simeon also is facing charges in a separate battery case from earlier this month.

Texas house fire kills 5 kids and adult, sheriff says – CBS News

HARDIN COUNTY, Texas – A house fire killed five children and one adult very early on Wednesday, Hardin County Sheriff Mark Davis told CBS Beaumont, Texas affiliate KFDM.

Early indications are they are a mother and five children, 3 to 11 years old, Davis said. Two were twins.

The grandparents of the children live in the main home.

The first alarm was reported at about 12:15 a.m. Wednesday, he said.

The home was engulfed in flames when firefighters and sheriff’s deputies arrived and the structure was destroyed, Davis said.

“This is a horrific scene. Very somber, very sad. Your heart goes out to the family, the immediate family and the extended family,” Davis observed. “It’s tough on everyone, including the first responders. It tears your heart out. It’s the worst type of incident for any firefighter or first responder to face.  To find victims inside.”

A neighbor called 911 and reported seeing flames from the structure, which is an apartment behind a main house, Davis added. He woke up the people in the main home but there was nothing they could do because the apartment was fully engulfed.

When the fire was out, firefighters found the victims.

The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office and the State Fire Marshal’s Office will investigate.

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Santa Cruz judge to rule on adult or juvenile trial for teen accused of killing 8-year-old girl

SANTA CRUZ – Closing arguments came Tuesday in a hearing to decide whether Adrian “A.J.” Gonzalez will be charged as a juvenile or an adult in the rape and murder of Maddy Middleton. The hearing marks a crossroads in a case that continues more than two years after the 8-year-old girl’s body was found in a dumpster at the Tannery Arts Center in what has been called one of the most shocking crimes in the history of the county.

Madyson Middleton is shown in a typical lighthearted moment. (Middleton family -- Contributed)
Madyson Middleton is shown in a typical lighthearted moment. (Middleton family — Contributed) 

If Gonzalez, who turns 18 Friday, is tried as a juvenile, he would be eligible for release from a juvenile treatment and detention facility in less than about five years.

If tried as an adult, Gonzalez could face life imprisonment.

After a brief continuation Wednesday for rebuttals from each side, Santa Cruz County Superior Court Judge John Salazar will have one week to decide down which of those two roads Gonzalez will walk.

Salazar is tasked with weighing the facts of the case using factors codified by state law: the gravity and sophistication of the crimes, any mitigating circumstances, the likelihood of rehabilitation and Gonzalez’s track record of both delinquency and reform.

The prosecution and defense each spent more than an hour articulating their closing arguments Tuesday in front of a packed courtroom that included a number of Middleton’s family members, for whom emotions ran high as the events of July 26, 2015, were recapped in painful detail.

Gonzalez is accused of luring Middleton into his mother’s empty apartment with ice cream then choking her into unconsciousness, raping her, stabbing her in the neck multiple times, wrapping her in garbage bags and placing her unconscious body in a dumpster, where she died.

Assistant District Attorney Rafael Vazquez argued that Gonzalez showed an unprecedented degree of sophistication and barbarism.

“On July 26, 2015, the defendant A.J. Gonzalez fixated, premeditated, deliberated, sexually penetrated and mutilated the 8-year-old girl Maddy Middleton,” Vazquez said.

Vazquez argued that evidence indicating Gonzalez became sexually aroused after he believed Middleton to be dead together is particularly alarming, and said he believes Gonzalez to be beyond the reach of rehabilitation.

“We’re talking about pedophilia. We’re talking about necrophilia. We’re talking about lifelong disorders,” he said, adding that he believes the facts show Gonzalez did not show remorse at any point during the murder, rape and disposal of the body to which he reportedly confessed in an interview with investigators in 2015.

“We can’t risk creating a situation where it’s going to be like a revolving door,” Vazquez said.

Gonzalez’s attorney, public defender Larry Biggam, argued that because Gonzalez was 15 years old at the time of the murder he is a good candidate for rehabilitation.

“Horrible does not equal incorrigible,” Biggam said, comparing Gonzalez’s developing brain to a Ferrari engine without a brake system.

Biggam also pushed back against the prosecution’s argument that Gonzalez demonstrated sophistication, pointing to how Gonzalez had seemed surprised when police told him he couldn’t go home after he confessed to the murder.

“The kid was completely clueless and intellectually immature,” Biggam said.

Biggam highlighted evidence of Gonzalez’s troubled upbringing, including neglect and physical and emotional abuse resulting in a number of brushes with child protective services, police and school counselors that Biggam said should have, but failed to, intervene.

And he said records and testimony from the two years Gonzalez has spent in juvenile detention – which include improved academic performance – show that Gonzalez is already responding to intervention.

One attendee who remained unswayed by Biggam’s argument was Middleton’s maternal grandfather, Bruce Jordan.

“I don’t think he should be let loose on society again and I do not think the juvenile court system is capable of treating his problems,” Jordan told the Sentinel after the hearing.

Karen Cook, of Watsonville, is a friend of Middleton’s family who echoed that sentiment.

“No matter what, nothing is bringing Maddy back but we need to prevent this from ever happening again,” Cook said. “He needs to be gone forever.”

The hearing is scheduled to conclude at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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Inside the ‘adult day-care center’: How aides try to control and coerce Trump

During the campaign, when President Donald Trump’s team wanted him to stop talking about a certain issue — such as when he attacked a Gold Star military family — they sometimes presented him with polls demonstrating how the controversy was harming his candidacy.

During the transition, when aides needed Trump to decide on a looming issue or appointment, they often limited him to a shortlist of two or three options and urged him to choose one.

And now in the White House, when advisers hope to prevent Trump from making what they think is an unwise decision, they frequently try to delay his final verdict — hoping he may reconsider after having time to calm down.

When Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., described the White House as “an adult day-care center” on Twitter last week, he gave voice to a certain Trumpian truth: The president is often impulsive, impetuous and difficult to manage, leading those around him to find creative ways to channel his energies.