Updated: Wednesday, 26 May 2010, 10:18 AM EDT
Published : Wednesday, 26 May 2010, 10:18 AM EDT
WARSAW, Ind. (WANE) - A 12-year-old boy was sentenced to six years in a juvenile detention center Wednesday for his role in a Kosciusko County murder.
The boy was charged with Assisting a Criminal involved in a murder, a Class C Felony. Police say he knew Colt Lundy, 15, and Paul Gingerich, 12, were planning to kill Phillip Danner, 49. On April 20, 2010, they said the 12-year-old stood outside Danner's house while Lundy and Gingerich shot and killed Danner. Later that night the boys snuck out of their homes and started driving to Arizona. Police stopped them in Illinois. Lundy and Gingerich will be in adult court Thursday.
The 12-year-old is to remain detained until he is 18-years-old in the South Bend Juvenile Correctional Facility. He was also ordered to take part in family counseling with his mother and father. In court Thursday, the judge said the boy's behavior has been good during his incarceration, but he added that the seriousness of the crime he participated in shows that he is beyond the control of his parents. The judge said, "frankly I think you are a very lucky boy."