Last month, we wrote this post about a young man who was facing charges relating to his role in a large drug ring. Referred to as the teen drug "czar" of the operation, the 17-year-old student was charged with two counts of felony drug trafficking. People across Michigan were interested in seeing what would happen to this young man.
Earlier this week, the Midwestern teen appeared in juvenile court to respond to the charges against him. In the juvenile court, people do not plead guilty or not guilty, they are required to either admit to or deny the charges. The judge in this case reminded the young man of the repercussions and consequences of admitting guilt to the serious charges. Still, the young man admitted his guilt in the incident.
Many will remember that the teen was the subject of a yearlong investigation into marijuana manufacturing and distribution in his state. It was alleged that he was the so-called kingpin of an elaborate operation that sold roughly $20,000 of marijuana to area high school students monthly.
When he appeared in court this weekend, sources say that his remorse was obvious. He was respectful in addressing the judge and appeared to be prepared to acknowledge the consequences of his actions.
Perhaps his overall manner and attitude made him more sympathetic to others in the courtroom. The judge clearly reminded him, before his admission, that he did not have to admit to the crimes. He is innocent until the state proves him guilty, and if the teen admitted guilt on that day, he would lose his rights that would come with a trial.
However, for undisclosed reasons, the teen admitted his guilt and will now be on house arrest until his sentencing. So far in this case, the young man has done nothing to exacerbate his situation. His attitude and behavior indicate that he may be a misguided teen who made some very bad decisions, but appears to understand the gravity of his actions.
Fortunately, he is being charged as a juvenile. This means that his name has not been released to the media and that he will face less-severe punishment for his actions, though he still could be sent to jail until he turns 21. We will certainly keep readers posted on this case, as the sentencing may be similar to those that other teens in Michigan are facing.
Source: Huffington Post, "Teen Drug 'Czar' Admits Guilt In Ohio," Amanda Lee Myers, July 31, 2012