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LIMA — A boy who was 13 years old when he allegedly broke into the home of a 90-year-old woman and raped her last summer has been charged.Lima police announced the charges against Maurice McGill, who today is 14. He is charged with rape, aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery and abduction. The alleged victim is 91 years old today. The alleged crime happened Aug. 13, at 9:30 p.m. at a home in the 200 block of Haller Street. A male knocked on the woman’s door and forced his way in as she answered, police said. McGill had been in custody since the day after the alleged rape on unrelated crimes from other incidents including robbery, Lima Police Maj. Richard Shade said. None of the other crimes accuse him of rape, Shade said.Police recently linked McGill to the rape through DNA analysis which took a long time for the tests to be returned. McGill was a possible suspect early on but it took positive identification through DNA testing to charge him, Shade said.McGill is no stranger to the criminal justice system, Shade said.“He’s been in and out of trouble,” he said.McGill’s case will be handled at 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.A sentence under the state’s serious youthful offender law not only hangs the adult sentence over the offender’s head but it gives the offender an incentive to stay out of trouble and to get his or her life in order while in a child’s prison. Committing another crime or serious violation while in prison 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’s first court appearance is scheduled for Friday at juvenile court to inform him of the charges. You can comment on this story at www.limaohio.com.


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