14-year-old Teen Boy Could Be Sentenced as Adult in Murder Attempt of Mother

Recently, a 14-year-old Detroit teen was accused of attempting to murder his mother.  Tommie Lee Grady has been “adult designated” according to a news article at Mlive.com, which means he may be sentenced as an adult although he will be tried in the juvenile court.

On June 11, Grady’s mother was shot numerous times at the family’s home on Wisconsin in Detroit; it is believed the two were in an argument when he shot at his mother.  Police believe Tommie did the shooting, which occurred at around 8 in the evening.  Reports claim Tommie also turned the gun on his brother, but fled the scene instead of firing at his brother.  His mother was treated at an area hospital and released.  On Friday, the teen was apprehended by police in the area of Meyers and Keeler in Detroit.

Tommie Lee Grady is charged with assault with intent to murder, felonious assault, and being a minor in possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.  The assault with intent to murder charge carries a maximum life prison term for adults, however Grady’s punishment (which may be a mixture of sentencing allowed for an adult or juvenile) will be determined by the judge.  He could be sentenced to life in prison, or a sentence that is less harsh.

Grady was scheduled for a preliminary hearing at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 18 in the Juvenile Detention Center.  An officer at the scene of Grady’s arrest claimed that the teen was unarmed upon his arrest, but had given the gun to an area resident.

Assault with intent to murder is an extremely serious charge, as is evident by the possible life in prison sentence.  Anyone accused of attempted murder should consult with a capable and experienced Michigan criminal defense attorney, as your legal rights and freedom must be protected.  In certain situations, it may be beneficial to plead guilty to a lesser offense (plea bargain) in order to reduce the severity of punishment handed down by the court.  Your defense lawyer will work with you to explore all possible legal options, and to obtain the best possible outcome in your case.