05/18/12 05:33 PM ET
I decided not to show the portrait from this child. You would see an absolutely desperate face of an 11-year-old child. Jordan is a child, not a monster. Children are not monsters, never! Yes, he did a very heavy crime. BUT: My heart aches reading & writing these lines…and so I dare to load his story here at my blog incaseofinnocence. wordpress.com
NEW CASTLE, Pa. — A 14-year-old Pennsylvania boy accused of killing his father’s pregnant fiancée and her unborn child will be sent to an undisclosed juvenile facility where he could remain in state custody until his 21st birthday.
Jordan Brown, who was 11 at the time of the slayings, was ordered by a Lawrence County judge on Friday to be transferred to a treatment center. The teenager is to be evaluated every six months to determine if he should be released.
The judge last month found Brown delinquent, the juvenile court equivalent of a guilty verdict, in the February 2009 deaths of 26-year-old Kenzie Houk and her unborn son.
Houk, who was 8 1/2 months pregnant, was shot in the back of the head with Brown’s .20-gauge youth model shotgun as she slept. At the time, she was engaged to Jordan Brown’s father, Christopher Brown, and pregnant with his son.
The shooting occurred after the boy’s father left for work, with only Jordan Brown and Houk’s two daughters, ages 7 and 4, inside the New Castle house. State police investigators say they found a spent shotgun shell dropped along a path that Brown walked with Houk’s older daughter to catch a bus to school minutes after the shooting.
Defense attorney Stephen Colafella said no decisions have been made on whether to appeal.
Judge John Hodge approved a recommendation from the Lawrence County Juvenile Probation Department for Brown’s placement and treatment. Prosecutor Anthony Krastek said the specifics will not be released.
- Jordan Brown Sentenced To Treatment Center, Evaluations (pittsburgh.cbslocal.com)
- Pa. boy ordered into state custody for 2009 deaths (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Pa. boy ordered into state custody for 2009 deaths (kansascity.com)
- Judge Expected To Make Ruling In Jordan Brown Case (pittsburgh.cbslocal.com)
- Pa. boy ordered into state custody for 2009 deaths (whptv.com)
- State Superior Court Hears Arguments In Jordan Brown Case (pittsburgh.cbslocal.com)
- Tensions Flare At Jordan Brown Trial (pittsburgh.cbslocal.com)
- Jordan Brown’s Father: “No Animosity In Our Family” (pittsburgh.cbslocal.com)
- Juvenile Justice: Though juveniles can no longer be given the death penalty, serious offenders are eligible for life without parole; approximately 2,300 juveniles are serving this sentence. (incaseofinnocence.wordpress.com)
- Jordan Brown, 14, Sentenced In Shooting Death Of Father’s Pregnant Fiance (inquisitr.com)