Teen To Be Tried As A Juvenile
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Omaha, NE- The teen accused of drag racing a car full of teens that led to a deadly crash will be tried as a juvenile.
A crash back in June claimed the lives of Jackson Blick, Tyler Walling, and Trey Hanson. Another teen, Jake Burnside, was injured in the crash.
16-year-old Quinton Amendson is facing charges of racing and reckless driving. He was racing Blick's Mustang at the time of the crash.
A judge in Dodge County granted a motion Thursday to transfer the charges from adult court to juvenile court.
Amendson arrived to court Thursday afternoon surrounded by his girlfriend and family. In court, County Attorney Oliver Glass said Quinton was a good kid and that he wasn't out to paint him as the devil, but that he needs to take responsibility for his actions.
Quinton admitted to authorities the night of the crash he was racing Jackson Blick's Ford Mustang.
His attorney, Michael Wilson, says Quinton isn't trying to avoid taking responsibility.
"He Quinton, has obviously just like the family, family of the victims have gone through a lot, when a child goes through something like that I'm glad we have a court system that values rehabilitation so highly, it reaffirms a lot of why we have some of the best court systems in the world." says Wilson.
The judge said there was not a single factor in his mind that he should be tried as an adult. He has no prior history with the court.
Amendson's next court appearance will be in September in juvenile court. He faces probation rather than jail time if found guilty on the charges.