D.A.: Taft teen to be tried as adult in school shooting

D.A.: Taft teen to be tried as adult in school shooting

Bryan Oliver, 16, faces two charges of attempted murder and three charges of assault with a firearm.
A teen accused of opening fire at Taft Union High School Thursday and critically wounding a fellow student will be charged as an adult.

District Attorney Lisa Green made the announcement at a news conference Monday morning.

Bryan Oliver, 16, faces two charges of attempted murder and three charges of assault with a firearm. He could be sentenced up to 25 years to life in prison if convicted.  Oliver is set to enter a plea to the charges during a court hearing Monday afternoon.

If convicted in adult court, juveniles may be punished in the same way as adults, The Pacific Juvenile Defender Center reports. And the juveniles may be sentenced to the same amount of time an adult could receive for the same offense.

Under California law, juveniles convicted in adult court may be held in adult prison at age 16. However, due to the suicide of a juvenile at Tehachapi State Prison, California currently houses youth convicted as adults in the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) until age 18, the PJDC reports.
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