House Approves Bill To Try Juveniles As Adults In Cases Involving Firearm

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – The Kentucky House approved more than a dozen bills on Tuesday, including one that eases the rules allowing juveniles to be tried as adults, especially if they use a firearm in the commission of a crime. The bill sponsored by Elizabethtown Senator Matthew Deneen provides that those who are 15 years of age or older and are accused of a Class A, B or C felony in which a weapon was involved can be tried in circuit court instead of juvenile court. However, the case can be returned to juvenile court if a judge makes the determination that criteria is not met to be tried as an adult. The bill must return to the Senate to see if they agree to changes made by the House.