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Youth charged as an adult

Monday, November 24, 2008

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A Brazil juvenile appeared in Clay Circuit Court Monday morning to be formally charged for her alleged involvement in the abduction of a Terre Haute woman last year.

Clay County Prosecutor Lee Reberger filed formal adult charges against Kristle A. Brewer, 18, with a class C felony criminal confinement and class D felony assisting a criminal.

According to information provided by the court, on Oct. 27, 2007, Brewer, who was considered a juvenile at the time of the incident, is alleged to have helped convicted sexual predator Larry Sharps transport an abducted unidentified Terre Haute woman to Brazil.

With Brewer's help, Sharps took the victim to a residence on North Sherman Street. Sharps confined the victim and sexually assaulted her until her escape from the house on Oct. 28.

On Oct. 27, 2008, Sharps, 36, Brazil, pled guilty per a plea agreement filed in Clay Superior Court on his behalf by Clay County Prosecutor's Office and defense attorney Geoffrey Creason.

Reluctantly, Superior Court Judge Blaine Akers sentenced Sharps to a total of 55 years incarceration on the charges filed in Clay County and remanded Sharps to the Clay County Justice Center.

According to officials, Sharps remains incarcerated at the Vigo County Jail to await further court proceedings.

When Brewer appeared for juvenile court proceedings before Clay Circuit Court Judge Joseph Trout last Wednesday, he agreed with the prosecution's request to transfer the juvenile case to adult court because of the "heinous nature" of the charges.

According to Indiana Code 31-30-3-2, the juvenile court may waive jurisdiction if it finds (1) the child is charged with a crime that an adult would be charged with a felony for committing, (2) was at least 16-years of age, but under age 18, when the crime was allegedly committed, (3) there is probable cause to believe the child committed the act and (4) it is in the best interests of the safety and welfare of the community that the child stand trial as an adult.

On Monday, the Prosecution had to abide by these findings and file the exact same charges and prove the process again in adult court.

Satisfied by the proceedings, Trout entered a not guilty plea on Brewer's behalf and scheduled a tentative jury trial date on the matter for March 2009.

Defense attorney James Organ successfully filed a request for a bond modification.

When the state did not object, Trout kept Brewer's bond at $10,000 but allowed her to bond out for 10 percent of the total.

Jail officials confirmed Brewer remained incarcerated as of press time awaiting further court proceedings.


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once again i should state my opion and say she should STAY

-- Posted by jessicavysoc on Mon, Nov 24, 2008, at 9:08 PM

She should be locked up but wait for the minor plea deal!

-- Posted by BigCB20 on Tue, Nov 25, 2008, at 1:26 AM

I am sure someone will correct me if I am wrong but when you have a child you are emancipated from your parents and are considered an adult.

-- Posted by beautiful978 on Tue, Nov 25, 2008, at 10:39 AM

FROM WHAT I CAN REMEMBER SHE HASNT LIVED WITH HER GRANDMA SINCE MY SENIOR YEAR WHICH WAS IN 2006 I KNOW SHE WAS PREG. THAN.... I KNOW THIS GIRL PERSONALLY AND SHE WAS A SCAB WHEN I KNEW HER AND SHE IS A SCAB NOW... I AM TIRED OF PPL PUTTIN GDOWN HER GRANDMA SHE DID THE BEST SHE COULD BUT RASING HER AND HER BROTHER WASNT EASY FOR HER GRANDMA BECAUSE THEY BOTH WERE OUTTA OF CONTROL AND UNRULY HER BROTHER WAS LOCKED UP OUR JUNIOR (HE WAS IN MY CLASS )YEAR AND I DONT KNOW IF HE EVER WAS RELEASED

-- Posted by jessicavysoc on Tue, Nov 25, 2008, at 12:36 PM

Was something deleted before I read this? Where does it say anything about her Grandma? You can't blame a guardian for their childrens behaviour, but obviously she was not raised by her parents??? And as far as being emancipated once she became pregnant... the answer is NO. Having a baby does not emancipate you. You either have to go to court and be emancipated by a judge or you have to turn 18. That is one reason that I wonder why the age of consent is 16 (to consent to sex). Seems to me is you are still a juvenile until 18 then sex with an adult, such as Larry Sharp, should be illegal! Unfortunatly its not. Ask any parent of a 16 year old that has been dating someone over 18 that has tried to get assistance to break it up and you will find that there is no legal recourse to stop it. But if your teenager becomes pregnant you as a parent are financially responsible for the teen and the baby until they are 18.

Sorry, didn't mean to ramble, but this has always angered me a little.

-- Posted by Icareaboutbrazil on Tue, Nov 25, 2008, at 1:52 PM

your right you do have to be 18 or go to court to get emancipated but in the same sence she hasnt lived with her grandma since her baby in 2006... so since she lives on her own doesnt that change the law a little... either way she knew what was going on she had found time to play on myspace through all this and she is still with the man who done all this... (according to her myspace page on 10/08/08) so she still be held accoutable of all of it

-- Posted by jessicavysoc on Tue, Nov 25, 2008, at 4:03 PM


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