UPDATE: Accused Perry Hall Student Shooter To Be Charged As Adult

A three-day hearing concluded with the court ruling against 15-year-old Robert Gladden Jr.'s request for juvenile charges.

UPDATE (4:34 p.m.)—Adult charges will stand against the student accused of opening fire inside Perry Hall High School on the first day of school, Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge Robert Cahill, Jr. announced Friday morning.

"The court can reasonably expect that if placed in treatment with juveniles, he would lack candor with therapists ... he would bully other juveniles ... he would act in a defiant, hostile and disinterested way," Cahill said. 

"He is not the least bit interested in treatment and not the least bit motivated to change," he said.

The announcement came at the close of a three-day juvenile waiver hearing, that had been postponed twice and stretched across two weeks. A criminal trial for 15-year-old Robert Gladden Jr. in adult court remains scheduled to begin on Feb. 19. 

In an unexpected and hotly debated portion of the closing arguments, Gladden pleaded with the court that he was remorseful, had been bullied and would be best served in the juvenile system. 

"My name is Bobby Gladden. I am 15 years old. I'm here today because I made the dumbest, stupidist mistake ... I was not myself and I was out of my mind ... people talked about me behind my back and called me a freak and a weirdo ... I know that is not an excuse for what I did and I am truly sorry ... I want to be able to move on and I want help ... I just want to make the best for myself. I know I can change. Please give me one more chance. I'm not a risk to anyone," Gladden said. 

He also said he would like to meet the shooting victim and apologize to him. 

Gladden was initially charged as an adult with nine counts of first-degree attempted murder, among other charges, in the Aug. 27 incident that left special needs student Daniel Borowy seriously injured.

If the court had decided to instead charge Gladden as a juvenile, he could have faced significantly less jail time, a full release by age 21 and protection from media access to his criminal trial, Gladden's defense attorney George Psoras said during the hearing. 

While the first portion of the hearing on Jan. 30 focused on Gladden's troubled formative years and psychiatric evaluations, the proceedings on Jan. 31 included portions of from the Baltimore County Detention Center in recent months. 

The recordings, as presented by Baltimore County Assistant State's Attorney John Cox, focused on Gladden saying that he intended more shooting victims, that he was not a victim of bullying, felt little remorse for the shooting, and preferred being imprisoned with adults instead of children or teenagers. 

The judge extended the hearing to Feb. 8 in order to ensure that Psoras had ample time to collect recordings to support Gladden's proposed transfer to juvenile court. 

Psoras, however, did not present any new recordings on the last day of the hearing. Instead, he informed the judge that Gladden had requested to deliver the closing arguments. 

Over the course of several minutes, Psoras and the judge explained to Gladden that by speaking, he was giving up his Fifth Amendment right to remain silent. The judge also insisted that anything he said during the closing arguments would be used against him court. 

Cox also reviewed with the court the legal implications of Gladden speaking. 

Gladden was given several opportunities to choose not to speak. 

During his statement, which he read from a sheet of paper, Gladden called the shooting the "dumbest, stupidist mistake" and said students had talked about him behind his back. He also expressed a desire to change and to be sent to juvenile court. 

Gladden's statement was followed by Cox's closing arguments, in which he outlined the five thresholds for evaluating trying a juvenile in adult court: age, mental and physical condition, amenability to treatment, nature of the crime and public safety. 

According to Cox, the only criteria in which Gladden was not clearly in line with an adult conviction was age. Cox then provided examples to support Gladden's mental competency and at least average IQ, his robust physical condition, his apparent opposition to treatment, his alleged actions during the shooting, which Cox called a "nightmare to all who entered Perry Hall High School," and professional opinions that Gladden would be an ongoing threat to public safety. 

"When you look at someone with a conduct disorder, it is an individual behaving badly ... this is about a bad person who chooses to behave badly," Cox said. 

"[Gladden] actually said, 'I like scaring people—scaring people is funny.' That's a quote," he said. 

Cox added that since the shooting, while in treatment and in the detention center, Gladden has few recorded examples of remorse, has mocked religious people and has been shown to draw satanic stars and has written "666" on objects. 

Psoras followed with his rebuttal. 

The judge asked Psoras to rein in his rebuttal and not to focus on the prosecutor's personality after Psoras began with the statement, "Thank the Lord that Mr. Cox is not the judge, jury and executioner because there would be a public hanging out here in the courtyard."

Psoras then explained that he believed the reports and evaluations on Gladden were unnecessarily harsh, and that treatment workers and law enforcement professionals presented less harsh views of Gladden under cross examination. 

"When they spoke, they said very different things than they wrote," Psoras said. 

"Mr. Cox wants to say, once a criminal, always a criminal, but people can change," he said. "How do we know Bobby is amenable to treatment? He told you himself that he wants to change and get well."

Psoras said Gladden's prescription of Prozac had brought about dramatic behavioral improvements. 

"He's like any other teenager," he added. "Bobby is not a risk to anyone in this room, in this community or the world. We have five and a half years to treat him."

The judge then delivered a lengthy explanation on why Gladden's case crossed the five thresholds to justify his adult charges. 

Cahill said he relied heavily on professional evaluations and reports on Gladden from before and after the shooting. He also reviewed extensive video recordings and recorded telephone conversations involving Gladden at the detention center. 

Gladden's behavioral problems began as early as kindergarten, the judge said, where a teacher first pointed out that he did not like to follow directions and would rarely complete assignments.

Problems continued between fifth grade and ninth grade, during which Gladden was suspended at least nine times, usually for attacking other students, the judge said. 

While suicides and death in his family and his parents' divorce likely contributed to his problems, Gladden made his own decision to react with violence, Cahill said. 

While medication may be currently improving Gladden's behavior, there is no guarantee that it would remain effective in the long term, the judge said.

"The court is not convinced that Prozac would take care of all of Mr. Gladden's problems, or ensure public safety," he said.

Cahill criticized the defense for claiming that Gladden would be raped or murdered in an adult detention center. "The idea of wholesale rapes and killings does not add substance to this case," Cahill said.

Cahill repeatedly referenced phone conversations from the detention center between Gladden and family members. 

"He expressed admiration of Hitler and made light of the Sandy Hook shootings," the judge said.

During calls, Gladden also complained about treatment workers, family members, his attorney, media coverage of the shooting and at one point said, "No one can get through to me," according to the judge. 

"I think we can agree that there are two Robert Gladdens. One who says he was bullied and wants treatment, but that is not the one who is shown in phone conversations," he said.

"He does things logically ... he thinks like an adult ... he employs manipulation to achieve his ends," Cahill said. 

Members of Gladden's family were visibly and audibly upset by the decision to try him in adult court. 

Cox's team confirmed that Gladden's criminal trial would begin, as scheduled, on Feb. 19. 

Check Patch for updates on the judge's opinion and closing arguments from the prosecutor and defense. 

PH Students' Mother February 09, 2013 at 03:23 PM
Thank goodness!! My whole family is going to suffer the rest of our lives from the action of Bobby Gladden, he deserves to suffer too
Kongo February 09, 2013 at 03:25 PM
I can't wait to see poor, misunderstood little Bobby try to mouth off in prison like he has been. He has no idea how bad real "bullying" can be. LOL
Steve February 09, 2013 at 03:29 PM
"He has no idea how bad real "bullying" can be." Still fondly reminiscing about your time in the clanker, eh BO?
Kongo February 09, 2013 at 03:37 PM
Ah, Stanker. You would not survive for two minutes in the clanker. No denizens of Mom's basement do. LOL
Steve February 09, 2013 at 03:49 PM
Spoken like a true veteran of our Correctional Facilities BO.
D.W. Bramlett February 09, 2013 at 03:57 PM
"They are trying to frame me"
D.W. Bramlett February 09, 2013 at 04:03 PM
They will love his long hair in jail.
Kongo February 09, 2013 at 04:43 PM
What's your position on the story, Stanker? Let me guess - you hate the gun more than the evil scumbag that wants to use it for nefarious purposes.
Ashley February 09, 2013 at 04:52 PM
What's the saddest about this is that even after the tapes of him admitting that everything he did was calculated some of you still want him to be out on the streets in five years. It's because of people like you that we have so many criminals wandering around. You need to realize that you can't fix everyone. Especially people who don't want to be fixed. It's very noble to want to rehabilitate everyone, but it's not realistic and when people exhibit a violent tendency at a younger age they usually have antisocial personality disorder (a.k.a. sociopath). Unfortunately, they won't give a diagnosis of that to people under the age of 18 and it doesn't actually have a clear, effective treatment. Bobby fits the bill quite nicely though and has already shown himself to be violent, so I sincerely hope he serves a VERY long time and doesn't get another chance to harm people.
Ashley February 10, 2013 at 09:28 AM
He will be sixteen this year. 16 + 5 = 21, so if convicted as a juvenile it would be five years served. At least the judge had the good sense to see through his manipulations.
Jeanne February 12, 2013 at 03:51 PM
"To me the lack of compassion is equal to, if not worse, than the actions of this young man." Daughter of AKing what are you thinking?????? Bobby shot a young man who then had to have surgeries and spent almost 2 weeks in Shock Trauma. Daniel is back in school but I am sure he is still recovering. From experience as a patient I can tell you spending one day in Shock Trauma is a nightmare you never forget no matter how hard you try much less all the time he spent there. Don't get me wrong the nurses and doctors of Shock Trauma are amazing and do everything they can to make you comfortable. Even after Bobby was stopped people were running in fear, several people injured. The emotional trauma on everyone in that school that day was beyond words, I saw it in the eyes of the students & staff I knew the next day. Yes Bobby is shown lack of compassion because he doesn't deserve it. Bobby gave up that right when he walked on the bus with a gun and later used it in the school. You need to be forgiven for making that statement.
PerryHall18 February 13, 2013 at 10:11 PM
this kid should get life in prison or better yet the electric chair, he has no remorse and he knew what he did. Even if he does truly "feel bad" who cares? that doesnt change the actions he made. If it wasnt for the teacher who stopped him who knows what could have happened. Only thing better that could have happened is if this creep would have killed himself. Put him away for life. He wants to "scare people" and draws "666" on things? He clearly is still desperate for attention so put him away for life and im sure hell get plenty of attention every day in the shower.
B February 15, 2013 at 11:38 AM
To me by treating kids differently for serious crimes we are essentially saying its ok to commit serious crimes if you are under a certain age. The age shouldn't matter. The crime should. Shooting someone at age 80 is no different than shooting someone at 16. The crime is the same. The punishment should be the same.
Becky February 15, 2013 at 02:02 PM
VERY well said!!!!!
Buck Harmon February 15, 2013 at 02:13 PM
Folks that prescribed mind altering drugs should have to pay a price as well...the kid had help.....can't say this enough, but for some reason it's untouchable..
Buck Harmon February 15, 2013 at 02:21 PM
He's a young, green criminal...hasn't really had a chance to live life... I believe that he should be forced into treatment for as long as it takes...until his behavior can be verified stable for a long period...when released after this type of process he might have a chance to live normally....if placed in prison for a long period of time when released, he'll most likely be a hardened criminal with very little chance of doing well in society...it is a decision that should never be made lightly of... there WILL be a day that he is turned back to society..
Becky February 15, 2013 at 02:53 PM
YES!!!! I could not agree more with B!!!! There are adults of all ages that have "mental issues" or have had a bad childhood etc. but regardless if they shoot someone they will be punished as ADULTS!!! It should not matter if you are 17 or 18 with mental issues or without , if you shoot someone there should be no diiference in punishment. You have committed a CRIME!!!!! There should be no excuses or second chances... What about the victims like Daniel who have to live with there injuries for the rest of there lives? Or the victims who don't survive? There are families of victims that would give anything for that" second chance" with there loved one and they will never get it!!!! Why should the person who committed the crime be given a" second chance" because of there age or troubled childhood or "mental issues"!!!!
Kongo February 15, 2013 at 03:16 PM
Would you want this guy around your children, Buck? That's the real question.
Buck Harmon February 15, 2013 at 03:26 PM
Would I want him around my children when released from prison..or after he has received treatment for his ills....that is the real question....he WILL be released to society one way or the other in this case. My children did in fact live sheltered lives though...
Kongo February 15, 2013 at 03:32 PM
Look, Buck, you are railing against psychiatry and mind altering drugs. With that in mind, do you really think that the "treatment" would leave him safe to be around your kids?
Buck Harmon February 15, 2013 at 03:37 PM
We need to address the bigger picture here...for the grand kids sake...to promote the corporate for profit jailing process as a sane solution to some serious problems within society seems like a cop out to me...something that might come from limited minds that offer no long term solution....restoration is very possible, and is needed at every level of government...society as we experience it today is a direct reflection of government... Who's to judge weather or not a human being can or can not be restored...by will alone..?
Buck Harmon February 15, 2013 at 03:43 PM
The environment in which a criminal is placed reflects directly on behaviors displayed after release....release is always likely because of over crowding issues...again a symptom of corporate jail failure....why the hell just pay to jail criminals knowing that they may come back to society with a bit of a meaner attitude about the system... Corruption in government prevails within the jailing industry...deep rooted....I think that we as human beings first...can do better for future generations....jailing is mindless at every level..
Buck Harmon February 15, 2013 at 03:51 PM
Robert, A big part of allowing the opportunity for your children to live a sheltered life is letting them decide for themselves their own degree of freedom or experience with life....difference is in the effort that must be made as a parent....not the restrictions perceived as true with living a sheltered life....it's more knowing that the shelter will be there if needed....tight family if you will...an old concept perhaps..
Kongo February 15, 2013 at 04:08 PM
Hey Buck: so on the one hand, you blame psychiatry and medications for kids misbehavior, but on the other hand you're against incarceration and for some "treatment". So how is that treatment going to work if psychiatry is so bad?
Buck Harmon February 16, 2013 at 01:50 AM
I have never blamed psychiatry for anything Kongo...just the drugs that are over prescribed by many doctors that aren't psychiatrist..or behavioral specialist...any MD can prescribe mind altering drugs with profound side effect potential...and it happens now more than ever in history... this is a REAL and dangerous problem that doesn't seem to be addressed...
Buck Harmon February 16, 2013 at 01:56 AM
Robert, it's clear that you don't have what it takes to understand the logic that I've shared here...but home school coupled with group social activities would probably be a better opportunity than the herd em through, dumb down government approved public curriculum that many subject their children to...when drugs are needed for perceived focus, as is the case today on a very regular basis today, that would be an indicator of a broken education system...
Buck Harmon February 16, 2013 at 01:58 AM
I know how the world is Robert...you need to work on it a bit it would seem..
MGS February 28, 2013 at 06:22 PM
Not really going to debate neither the guilt or innocence nor the psychiatric condition. But I am watching a video of his alleged confession right now. I'm wondering if it admissable. He was read his miranda rights and signed a document - probably not legally binding since he's under the age of majority. Furthermore, procedurally, it appears he is being questioned without his parent's permission and presence. They sometimes appear to be leading him with their questioning too.
Jim June 17, 2013 at 08:45 PM
This judge is a moron and should be fired, he has no idea what he is talking about and is just assuming things based on theories that have long proven incorrect.
Jeanne June 18, 2013 at 01:58 AM
The judge was right about Gladden, he did several adult crimes and was tried as an adult. He should have gotten a much stronger sentence but that part is my opinion and the opinion of many PHHS parents.


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