Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods

Court Reverses Murder Conviction of Pre-Teen Boy Tried as Adult

Paul Gingerich was 12 years old when he and his friend shot and killed a man. Gingerich was initially charged with murder but pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder and was sentenced to 25 years in prison. The conviction has been reversed and Gingerich, believed to be the youngest person in Indiana to be sentenced as an adult, will now go back to juvenile court.

Middle Schooler Charged With Killing Great-Grandma to Undergo Competency Exam

According to a criminal complaint, 13-year-old Antonio Barbeau and his friend Nathan Paape, also 13, used the blunt end of a hatchet to kill 78-year-old Barbara J. Olson in her home. Sheboygan Falls police say the boys then stole a purse, jewelry and coins before stealing Olson’s gold Buick and driving to a nearby restaurant for pizza.

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