LIMA — A boy who was 13 years old when he allegedly raped a 90-year-old woman is competent to stand trial, a judge ruled.
Juvenile Judge Glenn Derryberry ruled Maurice McGill is able to stand trial. A trial date has not been set.
McGill, now 14, will be tried as a juvenile, but under Ohio’s serious youthful offender status. He cannot be tried as an adult due to his age. Under Ohio law, a child must be at least 14 to be tried as an adult.
McGill is charged with rape, aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery and abduction. The alleged crime happened Aug. 13, 2011, at the woman’s home in the 200 block of Haller Street. A boy knocked on the woman’s door and forced his way in as she answered.
Under the SYO status, McGill could end up in the adult system if convicted of the charges, and he could face more than 30 years in prison. If convicted under the SYO status, the judge can hang an adult sentence over McGill’s head that can be imposed should he get in trouble in a prison for children.
The SYO status gives offenders an incentive to stay out of trouble and get their lives back in order while in a juvenile prison.
If the offender successfully completes prison as a child without getting in trouble, he would be released no later than his 21st birthday.
McGill was linked to the rape case through DNA.
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