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Calif. high school shooter charged as adult

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TAFT, Calif.—A teenager who allegedly shot a classmate last week will be charged as an adult.

The Kern County District Attorney announced that 16-year-old Bryan Oliver has been charged with two counts of attempted murder and three counts of assault with a firearm.

Lisa Green, Kern County District Attorney, said, “The factors we considered in reaching this decision were the circumstances surrounding the incident, the fact that a firearm was used, the severity of the injuries to Bowe Cleveland, the evidence of pre-meditation and deliberation and the age of the defendant, Bryan Oliver. The fact that he was almost 16-and-a-half at the time of the shooting, combined with the circumstances surrounding the incident suggests that the primary purpose of the juvenile system, that being rehabilitation, would not be able to be accomplished prior to him turning 23.”

The potential penalty for just one count of premeditated attempted murder with a firearm is 32 years to life in prison.