Child gets 81/2 years for shooting death

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It's a pitiful story, Assistant District Attorney Geoffrey Fogus began Wednesday.

A 12-year-old shot an elderly man as he lay on the floor, pleading for his life.

A child with an absentee father and incarcerated mother bounced among family members, victimized along the way.

And locking up the boy in a juvenile justice facility for the next 81/2 years might be the best thing to happen to him, said the judge who sentenced him.

On Wednesday morning, Coreon A. Jackson took the witness stand in Richmond County Juvenile Court and admitted that he shot 65-year-old Roosevelt Cowins.

But he blamed 21-year-old Willie Casey, his accomplice in the March 19 home invasion. Mr. Casey shot Mr. Cowins first and then told him to shoot the man, he said. Coreon also said it was Mr. Casey, not him, who laughed about the killing.

Mr. Cowins' sister, Lillian Trant, didn't hear Mr. Casey giving any instructions, she testified Wednesday. She was asleep when she heard two gunshots and sprang out of bed. Her brother ran into her room and fell to the floor.

Coreon was standing at the door, pointing a gun at her brother and demanding money, Ms. Trant testified. He pointed the gun at her and demanded money, too.

"I said, 'Honey, I don't have any money,' " Ms. Trant testified.

Coreon shot her brother, then turned and left with Mr. Casey. As they left, Ms. Trant said, she heard Coreon laugh and say to Mr. Casey, "I told you I would do it."

Mr. Casey was later found dead in his jail cell with a bedsheet tied around his neck.

On Wednesday, Coreon apologized for his role in the shooting. He feels bad about what happened, he said.

Claude Tate, Coreon's counselor at the juvenile detention center, said the boy is a typical 12-year-old as far as his behavior goes. He's polite and smart. He's doing well in a structured environment and talks of wanting to finish his education, Mr. Tate said.

Before the shooting, Coreon had stopped going to his seventh-grade classes at Tubman Middle School.

His attorney Brendan Fleming told Juvenile Court Judge Pam James that Coreon understood he wouldn't be leaving court with a probation sentence. But what happens in juvenile court isn't just about punishment; it's about saving children. He asked for a short time in a juvenile detention facility, where Coreon would get supervision and education.

The prosecutor asked the judge to sentence Coreon under Amy's law in order to impose the maximum detention time possible -- up to age 21.

Coreon needs to feel the weight and cost of his actions, Mr. Fogus said. At least for eight years, the community and Coreon would be protected, he said.

The judge agreed. She committed Coreon to a secured juvenile justice facility until age 21. She set goals for him -- getting a GED, following the rules, taking any trade training available and serving as an example to other children.

Coreon is clearly a victim, too, Judge James said. He has never had an adult to take responsibility for him and teach him the value of life.

In the custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice, he can get an education and have people with his best interests at heart who will watch over him, she said.

Reach Sandy Hodson at (706) 823-3226 or sandy.hodson@augustachronicle.com.

AMY'S LAW


Coreon A. Jackson, 12, was sentenced under Amy's law Wednesday. Amy's law was passed in Georgia in 2006 to give juvenile judges the power to impose longer sentences on children younger than 13 who kill. Amy Yates was 8 years old when she was strangled to death in Carrolton in April 2004. A 12-year-old boy accused of killing Amy could be detained for only two years. Two years later, another teenager confessed to killing Amy, and the boy was released from custody.

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patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 07/31/08 - 05:38 am
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Coreon is a normal 12 year

Coreon is a normal 12 year old that feels shooting someone to death is acceptable behavior. Putting him in jail won't fix what's broken in this boys head. Releasing him in 8 1/2 years won't be doing anyone a favor.

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chatty814 07/31/08 - 06:16 am
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So, you think that the normal

So, you think that the normal behavior of a 12 yr old is shooting someone to death. They are not putting him in jail they are putting him in a juvenile facility to hopefully get some help for the child. Hopefully in 8 1/2 yrs he will be a changed child or should I say young adult. And by the way no one cares about doing you or anyone else a favor by releasing him. The point here is to try to help him become a productive member of society.

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Dark Lord 07/31/08 - 06:30 am
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I think he should be under a

I think he should be under a Dr's care and receive mental evaluations on a regular bases. No normal 12 year old thinks it's ok to hurt let alone kill someone. All a GED would do is make him a criminal with a education. FYI, New Flash, getting a GED won't make a person stop having mental issues and commiting crimes. Who would want a 12 year old murderer as a role model except an 11 year old wanna be killer. Augusta, Juvenile Courts, as well as the people need to get a clue.

redapples
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redapples 07/31/08 - 06:45 am
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I am sure the Dr. evaluating

I am sure the Dr. evaluating Coreon's behavior is NOT speaking of the shooting, but of the behavior he sees at the detention facility where Coreon is currently located. This kid has raised himself in the absence of any kind of positive role model. Sounds to me like he has raised himself to reflect the types of role models he has had - streetwise and ready to do anything to get what they want. It's a no-win situation unless some miracle takes place over the next 8 1/2 years!

chatty814
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chatty814 07/31/08 - 06:51 am
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great post redapples, after

great post redapples, after all we are all a product of our enviornment

stillamazed
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stillamazed 07/31/08 - 07:14 am
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Hopefully he will get the

Hopefully he will get the counceling he needs and get his GED and job training so he can become a productive member of society. I watched a young man on the news a couple of months back who was in a similar situation, he went to the detention center here in Augusta and he says it changed his whole life. He is now out, working and doing really good. He says he has learned to avoid the people who were bad influences on him prior to getting locked up. I hope this young man will do the same. When we all give up on our youth we will really be in big trouble.

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patriciathomas 07/31/08 - 07:16 am
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chatty, your 6:16 makes you a

chatty, your 6:16 makes you a sillychatty.

karmakills123
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karmakills123 07/31/08 - 07:22 am
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Well jolly good for the

Well jolly good for the little murderer.....Dead is dead and Mr. Cowins will not be spendng anytime with his family or friends because this thug laughingly took his life.....his life should also be over,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, no tolorance for murder..period.

johnpaulquincy
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johnpaulquincy 07/31/08 - 07:24 am
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Too bad we can't treat him

Too bad we can't treat him like a rabid dog and put him to sleep!

chatty814
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chatty814 07/31/08 - 07:26 am
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PT, your 5:38 makes you a

PT, your 5:38 makes you a pathetic Patricia

steelermoose1
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steelermoose1 07/31/08 - 07:31 am
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little dirtbag

little dirtbag

Republicant
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Republicant 07/31/08 - 07:35 am
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Man, I thought this said 81

Man, I thought this said 81 1/2 years. I need some coffee.

pah4r
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pah4r 07/31/08 - 07:38 am
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When will we learn. Any one,

When will we learn. Any one, any age that thinks it is alright to take another's life deserves no better than what they gave. Don't for a second think that these killers; thugs won't say or do anything necessary to get as light a punishment possible from our bleeding heart courts and society. Enough of pandering to this nonsense.

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JustaVoice 07/31/08 - 07:42 am
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There are so many ignorant

There are so many ignorant young women popping babies out at the expense of the mainstream of citizens who live moral and civil lives. In one form or another, we pay the price for their stupidity. The babies grow up in horrid conditions -- both physically and emotionally -- and eventually the child seeks a place to blend in. This is why local gangs are so popular among our neglected youth. I was once a staunch opponent of abortion, but over the past decade, I've changed my mind.

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chatty814 07/31/08 - 07:47 am
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justavoice, your comment

justavoice, your comment about there being so many ignorant youmg women popping out babies shows your lack of intelligence. What about all of the ignorant men that could prevent the unwanted pregnancies as well, but most of the men that get the women pregnant are losers who never take the true role of a REAL MAN and step up to the plate and take responsibility to take care of what they have helped create.

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onlynaugusta 07/31/08 - 07:50 am
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This is CRAZY. A child gets 8

This is CRAZY. A child gets 8 1/2 years for killing an adult. I wonder will God bring him back in 8 1/2 years? No. This man has lost his life forever. This child needs to be put away for life. When children go astray, everyone wants to look at his background and think their home life has a major effect of why the child is acting in this manner. This is a perfect example of letting children know its okay to kill because the only DAMN thing the court system is going to do is slap you on the hand, babysit you for a couple of years and then you're going to be back out on the streets acting unethical again.

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426Hemi 07/31/08 - 08:01 am
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Treat intentional murder, for

Treat intentional murder, for juviniles, the same as adults. Murder is murder. They ought NOT to have a 2nd chance at life when 21 rolls around. Their record wiped clean? BULLxxit!! Hang the retard!

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CKB 07/31/08 - 08:11 am
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I can not believe this judge!

I can not believe this judge! What a pathetic example for "justice". Youth facilities are where the youth go to "learn how to do it better next time"- so they won't get caught. I am probably the only one here who resents the fact that our tax dollars are going to support this worthless human being. If a 12 year old committs an adult crime, they should receive an adult sentence. Strap him to the chair! There is no rehab for someone this young who has already had this type of adrenalin rush and smelled blood. I am ashamed of our judicial system! Especially judges like this. I would like to say to Mr. Cowins family I am sorry for their loss and even more sorry for the fact they do not have the satisfaction that justice has been served for their loved one. You will be in our prayers.

1941
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1941 07/31/08 - 08:32 am
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To the above posters. The

To the above posters. The twelve year old should have been your son or grandson, or nephew, or couisn or just someone you know. I wonder what your post would have been? I bet everyone of you call yourself christians. WHAT WOULD GOD POST.!!!!!!!

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shivas 07/31/08 - 08:35 am
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The same people who want to

The same people who want to sentence this child to death are the same ones who defend the church shooting in Tenn. because it was justified based on it being a liberal church. They are the same ones who defend those who murder doctors who perform abortions. They will have their eckoning with their maker, and at that point point, their true hypocrisy and hate will be revealed.

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pursesshoes all day 07/31/08 - 08:37 am
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this is rediculous, he was

this is rediculous, he was hangin out with adults, acting like a big boy, lets treat him like a big boy ! let him do the time a big boy would do,all he is gonna do is have 81/2 years to contemplate more crime! and no daddy and a jailed mom, please,there are kids beaten,burned,raped,kicked,stomped and have watched their families murdered right in front of them and still dont resort to murder, he is a 12 year old cold blooded murderer and should be dealt with,by his grown up action!!!

ZenoElia
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ZenoElia 07/31/08 - 09:13 am
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Luke 6:27-38 and Matthew

Luke 6:27-38 and Matthew 5:17-48; I Thessalonians 5:1-3 These are for all the Christians who have made their comments.

WW1949
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WW1949 07/31/08 - 09:41 am
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Chatty, If it was your father

Chatty, If it was your father he killed would you think the same. I think not. Also what about the women who lay down with the loosers. Are they not the same. I agree the men should step up to the plate. After all they are their children too. In my opinion both should be fixed. It is their right to have children but not our responsibility to support them. Pats post was a sarcastic comment on what the courts said. Also, I doubt that the child will come out any better than he went in. Most likely he will find it hard to get a job with his record because laws now make it the employers responsibility if they hire a criminal and he or she commits a crime while on the job that harms another. Crazy laws. The state gives tax credits to hire these types but then makes you responsibile for their actions.

johnpaulquincy
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johnpaulquincy 07/31/08 - 10:06 am
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Don't blame the judge, blame

Don't blame the judge, blame the system. The judge sentenced him to the max possible, since he was not tried as an adult. And yes Chatty, it is the women "poping out the babies! They are the final controller, not the man!

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 07/31/08 - 10:07 am
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That the State is a lousy is

That the State is a lousy is a thesis with which I am unable to disagree. Maybe, while under governmental supervision, this child will be fortunate: he would be influenced by positive adult role models, change his ways, and emerge as an adult with a sense of empathy for his fellow man and responsibility for his own actions. Then, maybe he won't. Would anyone care to wager the former?

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redapples 07/31/08 - 10:21 am
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Reading many of these

Reading many of these comments has me shaking my head in disbelief. How can you expect a 12 year old to respect life raising himself on the streets without being taught the value of life? He lives exactly how he was taught to live. Are you all suggesting that he can never learn a different life? Of course, the murder of an innocent human being can never be justified, but do we really expect this 12 year old to fully understand the magnitude of his decision? He obviously has some good in him because he chose to tell the truth! How often do criminals repeat the mantra "it wasn't me" ?! The fact that this child owned up to the murder tells me he has the ability to make a positive change given the proper environment.

BibleThumper
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BibleThumper 07/31/08 - 10:23 am
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God said" Thow shall not

God said" Thow shall not kill" We should put The Ten Comandments back in our countries buisness like it is suppose to be. If the criminals know that true punishment waits for them,at any age, there willbe less crimes.

BakersfieldCityLimits
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BakersfieldCityLimits 07/31/08 - 10:44 am
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When something like this

When something like this happend we are all blame for not having enough activities for our young people to particiapte in. Until we are willing to tax the rich to the level that they can afford and spend that money in the inner city this will be a constant problem. Do you think that you have paid enough?

NappyJackson
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NappyJackson 07/31/08 - 10:56 am
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Clearly, the murder of Mr.

Clearly, the murder of Mr. Cowins is a senseless crime and the convicted juvenile deserves to be punished. But life in prison? Death? Come on....this is a 12 year old kid. Granted, this is not the act of a normal kid, this is the act of a child who has lived his entire life without structure, guidance, and love. He, too, is a victim. I am a proponent of the death penalty and believe that some people are beyond rehabilitation, but there have to be other factors considered beyond the crime itself when passing sentence. Children do not have the same thought process as adults and can have a hard time understanding the gravity of their actions. And for all of you condemning young, "ignorant" women for "popping out babies", you are the ones showing what ignorance truly means. High birth rates to poor and uneducated women is a problem, but it is a systemic problem. People, once they reach a certain age, are responsible for their own actions, but if you want to place blame somewhere look no further than your own government who has created laws to keep a certain "aspect" of our society poor and impoverished (i.e. drug laws).

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steve-o 07/31/08 - 11:07 am
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What a waste.

What a waste.

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