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LIMA — A judge granted a defense attorney’s request Thursday for a second psychiatric evaluation on a boy who was 13 when he allegedly raped a 90-year-old woman. Maurice McGill’s attorney, Joe Benavidez, made the request after receiving the first evaluation. Juvenile Court Judge Glenn Derryberry granted the request, putting all other hearings on hold until the second evaluation is concluded. Findings from the first evaluation were not released.McGill is charged with rape, aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery and abduction. The alleged victim is now 91 years old. The alleged crime happened Aug. 13, at 9:30 p.m. at her home in the 200 block of Haller Street. A male knocked on the woman’s door and forced his way inside as she answered, police said. McGill’s case will be tried in Allen County Juvenile Court since Ohio law requires a child be at least 14 years old to be tried as an adult. Prosecutors, however, are trying the case under Ohio’s Serious Youthful Offender law which allows for a blended sentence. That means McGill eventually could end up in the adult system, if convicted of the crimes, where he could face more than 30 years in prison. The possibility of an adult sentence, in theory, gives the offender an incentive to stay out of trouble and to get his or her life in order while in a juvenile facility. Committing another crime or serious violation could send the child to the adult system to serve out the sentence imposed as an adult.If the offender successfully completes prison as a child without getting in trouble, the offender would be released no later than his or her 21st birthday.McGill was linked to the rape through DNA evidence. You can comment on this story at www.limaohio.com.


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