Police say that a 16-year-old male was taken into custody after a shooting that took place on Jan. 3 just after 11:30 p.m. The shooting took place outside an apartment complex at 100th & Arcadia Plaza in Omaha where two 26-year-old men were killed. It was reported that they each had multiple children who they left behind.
The teen who was taken into custody was the son of an Impact One leader, which was a local anti-violence group. Police say that the teen was charged with two counts of first-degree murder, and there was no information given as to where he was being held or if he was granted bail or bond.
When an individual is charged with murder or other violent crimes, he or she could face serious penalties. It may be possible to spend many years or even an entire lifetime in prison without the possibility of parole. Therefore, it may be worthwhile to talk to a criminal defense attorney who may be able to win an acquittal or negotiate a plea bargain. If a plea agreement is reached, it may take the form of a reduced sentence or a suspended sentence.
In most cases, a suspended sentence is akin to probation, and the sentence could be reinstated if the defendant gets in trouble again prior to the end of the probation period. However, an attorney may try to have charges thrown out before negotiating a plea. This may be done by contending that evidence was attained illegally or that inaccurate witness testimony led to an individual being charged for a crime that he or she didn’t commit. If the defendant is acquitted, the defendant may not be charged again for the same crime.
Source: WOWT, “Teen charged in double homicide,” Jan. 7, 2015