National Zoo shooter sentencing continued

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Sentencing for the 14-year-old male responsible for a shooting near the National Zoo on Easter Monday was continued to Friday, August 29.

WUSA9's Nikki Burdine was in juvenile court Friday, where the juvenile's attorney Jessica Lewis asked the judge to reduce his detention to a youth house for community based treatment.

The government argued that the juvenile should not be "rewarded with probation" and said it sends the wrong message to the community that someone could fire a weapon into a crowd and "get away with it."

Social services requested a continuance to bring forth to the judge all the options, and both sides agreed.

The juvenile's attorney said he needs a strong male mentor in his life and said he has been getting that while in detention. She asked that he be placed in a shelter with electronic monitoring.

The juvenile's mother stood up and spoke to the judge, saying: "[Juvenile] is not a bad child. He just has issues. He's not a monster. He does what he is supposed to do at home, he makes his curfew. Everyone tries to make him out to be a monster, but he's not. He got put with the wrong people. He told me, 'Mom, I don't want to get used to this and I'm sorry.' He needs that chance. He's not a bad child. I love my son."

The 14-year-old remains in custody,


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