OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma City teen accused of firing into a crowd of people in Bricktown following a Thunder game last May will be tried as an adult.
The accused gunman, 17-year-old Avery Meyers, faces eight counts of shooting with intent to kill.
In his nine-page report, the judge had some harsh words for the teenage suspect.
Citing a long history of violence, the judge ruled the public would not be protected by keeping Meyers in the juvenile system.
Prosecutors claim Meyers fired 12 gunshots wounding eight people last year.
Explaining his decision, the juvenile judge wrote how Meyers’ first suspension from school came in the fifth grade at Madison Elementary.
As a student at Putnam City West, Meyers allegedly became involved in gangs and drugs, leading to a charge of disorderly conduct.
As the report states, “The record demonstrates the defendant’s behavior has been deplorable.”
Meyers problems have continued during his stay at the county jail, including multiple fights with inmates.
The judge wrote, “The defendant is currently viewed by the other inmates as a leader of a gang set in county jail.”
The juvenile judge also pointed out Meyers’ own mother is an admitted gang member and concluded, “The defendant was raised in a chaotic and abusive home, which has fostered the impulsive, aggressive and violent behaviors.”
That past now has the teen facing serious time behind bars.
“Life is harder in the adult system than in the juvenile system,” attorney Jacqui Ford said.
Ford said if Meyers had stayed in the juvenile system, he could have been released before he turned 19.
Moving to adult court means he now faces a maximum life sentence.
“In juvenile court, they want to rehabilitate and put people back in society,”
she said. “In adult court, there’s a much stronger desire to punish.”
Meyers’ attorney claims the teen acted in self defense and said they will appeal the judge’s ruling.