- Associated Press - Friday, May 27, 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The Oregon Supreme Court has ruled that a Washington County judge erred in 2011 when he allowed a 13-year-old boy to be tried as an adult for aggravated murder.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports (http://bit.ly/1NRaxtE ) that the state high court’s decision Thursday reverses a January 2015 Court of Appeals ruling that upheld Judge Jim Fun’s decision.

Juan Carlos Negrete-Vasquez, who is now 20, was sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of his role in the 2009 beating and stabbing of 18-year-old Eduardo Andrade-Alcantar at a Portland-area park.

The Supreme Court’s opinion says Fun didn’t take into account whether Negrete-Vasquz had “the adult-like capabilities” to “appreciate the significance and wrongfulness of his conduct.”

Fun declined to comment Thursday because the case will be sent back to him for further review.


Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive, http://www.oregonlive.com



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