Washoe judge sentences 16-year-old armed robber to prison

Something is clearly going wrong in Nevada, where young men are sentenced to serve time in adult prisons. Society has a duty to guide youngsters to the right path. Where did we fail them? We need jobs, not adult prison sentences. Our youngsters need mentoring and guidance, protecting them from going astray. Washoe Judge: the system has failed!

Reno Gazette Journal
Dec. 6, 2011
A 16-year-old father-to-be who played on his high school basketball team is now among the youngest inmates in the Nevada state prison system following a sentence of up to 10 years related to an armed robbery in Reno.

Jesus Oconitrillo-Calderon, whose nickname is “Chewy,” was sentenced Nov. 30 by Washoe District Judge David Hardy, who said the boy’s young age was not a criminal security blanket. The teen will be eligible for parole after serving just over two years in prison for guilty pleas of robbery and conspiracy to commit possession of a stolen vehicle.

Days after he was sentenced to prison, 13-year-old Jose Cruz, of Reno, was given a life term for his role in the Mother’s Day robbery-related murder of a 27-year-old man. Cruz is now the youngest state prison inmate, while Oconitrillo-Calderon joins a group of 33 Nevada inmates between 16 and 17, prison officials said.

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