- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 3, 2015

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A teenage girl accused of plotting with her soldier boyfriend to kill her mother should not be tried in juvenile court because she cannot be properly rehabilitated within the maximum seven-year penalty the justice system would allow, a Pennsylvania prosecutor argued.

Jamie Silvonek, 14, is accused in Lehigh County of conspiring with 21-year-old Army Spc. Caleb Barnes via text messages to kill Cheryl Silvonek, 54, in March in the driveway of her home near Allentown. Attorneys in the case argued in hearings that concluded Monday over whether her alleged actions were purposeful or stemmed from being a young girl swept up in an affair with an older man.

A judge will rule later on whether to move the case out of adult court.

Senior Deputy District Attorney Jeffrey Dimmig said Jamie Silvonek has changed her stories and refused to take responsibility, placing all of the blame upon Barnes.

“At every turn she’s lying and creating new lies to cover the old lies,” Dimmig said. “She lies so much that no therapist could tell if she’s making progress.”

Silvonek’s attorney, John Waldron, argued that Barnes had a motive to kill since he could have been charged with statutory sexual assault. He also argued that she was “swept up by a soldier” seven years her senior and followed his lead.

A defense psychiatrist also testified that the girl “lost herself” in the relationship and has a learning disorder that makes her prone to impulsive decisions.

Dimmig reminded the judge of the dozens of text messages police say Silvonek sent Barnes repeatedly urging him to kill. A clinical psychiatrist testifying for the prosecution earlier called her “a bright, intelligent, manipulative young woman.”

The two defendants are seeking separate trials, want the case moved to another county and want prosecutors barred from using their statements to investigators.

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