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HMS lockdown case continued

The case involving the youth in the April 5 Hastings Middle School lockdown incident has been continued to at least Monday, July 26 in Dakota County Juvenile Court. It had been scheduled for earlier this week.

In June, Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom dismissed his office's request to certify the 14-year-old youth as an adult. At the same time he indicated he would pursue prosecution under the extended juvenile jurisdiction (EJJ).

Under Minnesota law, if a youth is adjudicated as delinquent under the EJJ statute, he/she would be subject to oversight by the Juvenile Court until age 21 and stay of execution of an adult prison term of length to be determined by the court would occur. The adult prison term could be imposed in the future if the juvenile violates the terms of his juvenile court disposition or commits a new crime.

The youth had previously been petitioned to Juvenile Court on three counts of assault in the second degree, one count of terroristic threats, and one count of criminal damage to property (all felonies). He brought a gun to school that morning and broke into several classrooms with the weapon after the school went into lockdown status.

The youth remains under the supervision of Community Corrections.