Teen suspect in Bronx school murder could be treated with kid gloves


A Bronx judge has yet to decide whether the teenager accused of shooting an innocent 16-year-old girl with a “ghost gun” will stand trial in adult court – so prosecutors weren’t taking any chances on Monday.

The Bronx District Attorney’s Office took the judge for a few days to present his case on why 17-year-old Jeremiah Ryan should go through the system in state Supreme Court as a “teenage delinquent.” instead of being tried as a minor by a family court. .

While the possibility of Ryan being remanded to family court is highly unlikely given the seriousness of the charges against him, there is too much at stake not to ensure that prosecutors’ position is ironclad. legal experts told the Post.

Jeremiah Ryan – who allegedly shot and killed a 16-year-old in the Bronx – could potentially face trial in family court.

As a teenage Supreme Court offender, Ryan would face up to 15 years to life in prison if convicted of the most serious charge against him, second-degree murder, they said. Had he been a year older, he would have been tried as an adult in the Supreme Court – and given a maximum sentence of 25 years to life behind bars.

But family court is a completely different — and more lenient — scenario, experts said.

If Ryan were tried as a minor in family court, his potential sentence for murder would be capped at five years in prison.

The Bronx District Attorney's Office has asked for a few days to present its case on why Ryan should be tried by the state Supreme Court as a
The Bronx District Attorney’s Office has asked for a few days to present its case on why Ryan should be tried as a “adolescent delinquent” in the state Supreme Court for the death of Angellyh Yambo.

“It is understandable that the Bronx district attorney’s office is taking every precaution possible to ensure that this individual is prosecuted in the Supreme Court, given that he is alleged to have shot an innocent 16-year-old girl. as she walked down the street in broad daylight,” Mark Bederow, a former Manhattan prosecutor turned prominent defense attorney, told The Post.

Crime “is every New Yorker’s worst nightmare.”

A path to family court is highly unlikely in this case because, under the law, a 17-year-old defendant charged with a violent crime would generally remain in the Supreme Court if he exhibits a firearm or causes “significant physical injuries”.

“The odds of this case going to family court are extremely slim,” another defense attorney, Jason Goldman, told The Post.

“Given the rise in violence, especially with an increase in guns, I would be surprised if the prosecutor thinks this case is better off in a more lenient and lenient family court setting.

“It’s not the case they’ll take a chance on.”

Ryan’s case is back in the Supreme Court on Thursday, when prosecutors present their case to keep it there.

Ryan’s attorney did not seek bail for his client on Monday, so the teenager will remain behind bars on Rikers Island, at least for now.

Ryan's mother and family members in Bronx Family Court.
Ryan’s mother and family members in Bronx Family Court.
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The accused young killer wore a long-sleeved green sweatshirt over a white t-shirt and gray sweater pants for the proceedings. He didn’t speak.

Her mother, who was in the courtroom, declined to comment.

Police say Ryan fired six rounds from a Polymer 80 9mm ghost pistol during a street jam with rivals on Friday afternoon near University Prep Charter High School, fatally wounding Angellyh Yambo and injuring two other students passing by.

Ghost guns are hard-to-find weapons that can be assembled at home from parts bought online – and are a worrying trend in the city.

The ghost gun allegedly used by Ryan to shoot Yambo.

Ryan – who law enforcement sources say has been suspected of helping local gangs hide weapons since he was 12 – was arrested at his nearby home. Cops arrested him after apparently spotting him throwing the gun out of the fourth floor apartment into a trash bag.

He was charged with murder, two counts of attempted murder and possession of firearms.

According to the NYPD, the department has seized 351% more ghost weapons this year as of Wednesday compared to the same period last year – or 131 compared to 29 weapons.

Police are still carrying out forensic tests on the ghost gun that Ryan should have confirmed was the gun that killed Yambo – but detectives believe it was.


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