Punishment Handed To 12-Year-Old For Role In Murder

By Scott Sarvay
By Laura Donaldson

June 18, 2010 Updated May 26, 2010 at 11:01 PM EDT

WARSAW, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - The judge told 12-year-old Chase Williams he was "a lucky boy" as he handed down his punishment for his role in a murder.

Williams will spend the next six years in a juvenile detention facility. Once he turns 18 or completes the juvenile program he will be released. Williams' attorney says the 12-year-old was prepared for the punishment.

Chase Williams Attorney Chris Kehler says, “As compared to being tried as an adult, he's lucky.”

Police say on April 20th Chase stood watch outside 49-year-old Phillip Danner's home while his friends 15-year-old Colt Lundy and 12-year-old Paul Gingerich shot and killed Lundy's stepfather.

Police say the boys planned the murder and then fled to Arizona.

Kehler told the judge Williams planned to leave the state with his friends but didn't know about their plans to murder Danner until the day of his death. Keher says Lundy and Gingerich told Williams he "better not back out" so he went with them.

Kehler says, “As I mentioned it wasn't a very well thought out plan. They were basically kids acting like kids.”

Kehler says Williams has no prior criminal or juvenile charges but he was expelled from one of his schools. He says Williams has attended school at 5 elementary schools and 1middle school. He also was caught smoking at one point.

Kehler says Williams is remorseful for his actions.

“He specifically told me that he had been praying and he thought it was odd to feel sorry for and cry about a family that he didn't know. He is very remorseful for what has occurred,” says Kehler.

Williams' friends, Lundy and Gingerich, have their initial court appearance Thursday where they will be formally charged with murder as adults. Until then they remain in custody in the Kosciusko County jail.

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