12-Year Old Kosciusko Boy Admits To Charges, Other Boys Charged As Adults Make Forts In Jail

By Laura Donaldson

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June 18, 2010 Updated May 12, 2010 at 6:36 PM EDT

WARSAW, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - The third Cromwell boy admits assisting a criminal in the death of his friend's stepfather.

Twelve-year old Chase Williams entered juvenile court for his initial hearing charged with a Class C felony, assisting a criminal.

There is no set punishment for the charges in juvenile court. The judge will decide the punishment on May 26th.

After the hearing Williams’ attorney, Christopher Kehler, explained why Williams’ chose to admit to the charge.

“One of the considerations is the strength of the evidence so that's one of the things we talked about,” Kehler said. “And also finality and resolving this quickly as best for Chase.”

Williams was arrested along with 15-year old Colt Lundy and 12-year old Paul Gingerich on April 20th after Lundy's stepfather, 49-year-old Phillip Danner, was shot to death.

Lundy and Gingerich are charged as adults in Danner's murder because officials say they pulled the trigger.

Police say the boys had been planning the murder for weeks.

Williams' attorney asked the court to allow him to go home until his next hearing but the judge denied the request.

Officials say Williams completed the I-STEP test in the juvenile detention center and say a tutor will continue his schoolwork with him in the coming weeks.

Williams will remain in the juvenile center until his next hearing on May 26th at 8:30 a.m. The judge is expected to hand down the sentence at that time.

Police Say Boys Making Forts In Jail

Fifteen-year old Colt Lundy and 12-year old Paul Gingerich are in jail, but police say they aren’t like other inmates.

Police say the two are building forts, and “acting like young boys do.”

“They're playful you know,” Kosciusko County Police Department Captain Aaron Rovenstine said. “They're allowed to play cards, watch tv, uh, jumping on the beds playing like that, hiding, that kind of stuff.”

Police say they’re being held together in one cell away from other inmates because of their age. They say they’re adapting to having the boys in the jail.

Rovenstine says police are doing the best they can to ensure the boys safety while behind bars.

Lundy and Gingerich will have their next hearing May 25th at 11:00 a.m.

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