Derek Brown Sentenced to Residential Treatment Facility

By Megan Trent

September 24, 2010 Updated Sep 24, 2010 at 6:01 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) The 15-year old who slashed a classmate in the neck learns his fate.

Indiana's NewsCenter had the only TV news reporter there as the judge sentenced Derek Brown.

Brown, who was only 14 at the time of the January 2010 attack, will be sent to White's Residential and Family Services Center in Wabash, Indiana until his 18th birthday. That's only about two-and-a-half years away.

But per the prosecution's request, he will also be monitored by the courts until his 21st birthday.

The judge had already ruled that Brown would remain in the juvenile system.

Brown pleaded guilty to attempted murder, something that could have earned him up to 50 years in prison if he had been tried as an adult like the prosecution had pushed for.

Prosecutor Mike McAlexander said he didn't want the state stepping in and transferring him to a different center or releasing him early because of costs. "If he's going to get treatment, let's get him the best treatment that we can and not just fudge on it for financial reasons, but if he messes up, let's put him where he can't hurt anybody."

He says if he does mess up, he would recommend sending him to the Department of Corrections for the safety of the community.

Brown has been transported to the treatment center, White's, in Wabash about 60 miles away.

While there, Brown will attend individual and family therapy. He will also be put on anti-depressants.

The victim, William Baker, still suffers from hand and face paralysis as a result of the attack. He is now a freshman at I.U.

INC spoke with his mother after court and she said she wished there was a third option outside the adult and juvenile systems for juveniles that committed this kind of premeditated crime.

You can read her entire statement to the court on our website.




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