Accused Perry Hall Student Shooter To Request Juvenile Trial

Robert Gladden, Jr., 15 was charged as an adult in the Perry Hall High School student shooting on Aug. 27. A hearing on Jan. 3, could lead to those charges being changed to juvenile.

UPDATE (Jan. 3)—Postponed Hearing Could Delay Accused Perry Hall Student Shooter's Trial - http://patch.com/A-0MZF


The student accused of opening fire inside Perry Hall High School's cafeteria is requesting to be tried as a juvenile in Baltimore County Circuit Court. 

Judge Robert Cahill, Jr. is expected to make a final decision about whether 15-year-old Robert W. Gladden, Jr. should be tried as an adult during a juvenile waiver hearing on Jan. 3, Baltimore County Assistant State's Attorney John Cox confirmed.

A previous juvenile waiver hearing was scheduled for Nov. 30, but canceled. Gladden's criminal trial is scheduled to begin on Jan. 30.

"We intend to argue that he remain in adult court," Cox said, adding that the judge will factor age and available treatment programs in his decision. If tried as a juvenile, Gladden could face significantly less jailtime and media scrutiny.

Gladden was charged as an adult with nine counts of first-degree attempted murder, among other charges, in the Aug. 27 shooting.

Investigators said he brought a disassembled double-barrel shotgun and a bottle of vodka in his backpack on the first day of school. During the first scheduled lunch, he allegedly randomly opened fire in the cafeteria, striking and seriously injuring 17-year-old special needs student Daniel Borowy. Staff members stopped the attack by tackling Gladden and holding him until he was arrested, police said.

The incident caused a national outcry and several charitable and memorial events have followed.

Months after the shooting, Gladden remains at the Baltimore County Detention Center, Cox said. He appeared in a bail review hearing in September, but was denied bail pending a mental evaluation. A new hearing was not scheduled.

Gladden was formerly represented by both Columbia attorney Clarke Ahlers and Lutherville attorney George Psoras. Ahlers's office confirmed, however, that he is no longer involved in the case.

Psoras's office was not immediately available for comment on Gladden's scheduled juvenile waiver hearing.

Days after the shooting, Psoras told the Associated Press that Gladden was a victim of bullying and never intended to harm other students when he brought a gun to school.

Police previously denied these claims, announcing that bullying was not believed to be a factor and that Gladden acted deliberately.

Mike December 12, 2012 at 08:49 PM
It's unfortunate that the Judicial system doesn't have clauses for a charged count of any form of murder (attemped or not), that states that it doesn't matter how old you are. Not only did the 'kid' bring a GUN to school, with the obvious intent to hurt, he also had ALCOHOL...both on him, and in his system. Letting him off with anything less than years behind bars will simply lead other young juveniles to believe they can act in the same way, knowing the punishment won't be harsh. I'm sorry, but this 'kid' should be penalized to the fullest extent of his actions. If he was dumb enough to take a loaded shotgun and alcohol to school, he certainly knows what could, and subsequently did, happen from his potential actions. He should be behind bars for years, and whomever allowed him to gain access to the weapon and alcohol should be held and charged with accessory to attempted murder, as well.
M. Sullivan December 12, 2012 at 10:22 PM
OMG, ALCOHOL! What does that have to do with the seriousness of the shooting?
William Metzner, Sr. December 12, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Totally agree with Mike.
number9dream December 13, 2012 at 12:30 AM
If Gladden was impaired at the time of the shooting, he was likely responsible for his impairment. But if he was impaired, will the court find him responsible for the shooting?
Catfish hunter December 13, 2012 at 02:11 AM
It's premeditated... Give him 10 to 15 ... He will come out, be worse and go back in ... Good riddance
Catfish hunter December 13, 2012 at 02:11 AM
Nice parenting
DK December 13, 2012 at 03:17 AM
Just posted on Patch - Two juveniles will be charged as adults Three juveniles have been arrested and two will be charged as adults in connection with a Tuesday night robbery in the Loch Raven Village area. The juveniles, whose identities have not been released pending a hearing before the bail commissioner, are charged with armed robbery. Around 11:30 p.m. Dec. 8, police responded to a robbery call. The victim told them he exited the McDonald's store in the 6800-block of Loch Raven Boulevard and was walking through the parking lot of a nearby Rite Aid store when he noticed three people following him, according to police spokeswoman Cpl. Cathleen Batton. One of the men displayed a handgun, and the victim turned over cash, a cheeseburger, cigarettes and a lighter. The robbers then fled, and the victim ran to a nearby Giant grocery store where he asked a worker to call 911, Batton said. Police searched the area and arrested three juveniles, a 13-year-old, a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old, Batton said. Investigation revealed the gun used in the robbery to be a BB gun, Batton said. These teens didn't shoot anyone. Robert Gladden did !!! I'm sorry but he almost Killed someone or it could of been many !! He knows better not to bring a gun or alcohol to school ! He is in 10 th grade come on. He didn't just fall of the moon. BCPS inforces rules and regulations every year since pre-k.There's no excuse for his actions.
Tim December 13, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Mr Gladden needs to be treated as an adult. He purposely went into the cafeteria, told students sitting at a table that they were all going to die that day, went into the bathroom, assembled a gun and came into the cafeteria and Daniel got shot. The others in the cafeteria were traumatized and are still suffering from PTSD. Many still cannot go into the cafeteria and their lives have been forever changed. Not only did Mr Gladden affect his and Daniel's lives but also the 450 others that were in attendance that day as well as their families and the remaining students and faculty of the school. He knew what he was doing and planned it. My child's life was forever sentenced to this event, his life should also be forever sentenced too
Buck Harmon December 13, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Natural, animistic , instinctive behavior ...for a young man with problems.. I hope that all parties have learned and will heal...
mcgillicuddy December 13, 2012 at 05:53 PM
I respectfully disagree with you and Mike. The legal system should treat a juvenile as a juvenile.
Jeanne December 13, 2012 at 06:49 PM
I agree with Mike. What he did was premeditated since he brought the gun with him. He knew he was wrong on some level because he hid the gun until he went back to put it together then use it. This is not a Juvenile offense. You want to carry a gun around then use it pay for the crime.
Jeanne December 13, 2012 at 06:50 PM
He wasn't impaired number9dream, he was well aware of what he was doing. This from several students in the area that saw him.
John Cofiell December 14, 2012 at 03:50 AM
People should be judged by the crime not by their age. The crime itself should be considered an adult crime. A conscience decision was made.
NottinghamFamily December 14, 2012 at 10:50 AM
He committed a crime worthy of adult treatment and sentencing. This was not a child bringing a toy gun to school, emulating some sick upbringing. It was a premeditated attack, with the thought out end result of someone dying or being horribly maimed. He terrorized others, caused severe bodily harm and showed a disturbing predisposition for sociopath-like behavior. Juvenile crime? I don't believe so in this case, in my opinion.
Andrew December 14, 2012 at 01:10 PM
we need to remove the term juvenile from the crime system. have a psych evaluation to determine competency and then charge accordingly. On second though the whole criminal system is messed up, this man will probably be out in 5-10 anyway.
Buck Harmon December 14, 2012 at 02:16 PM
A perceived psych evaluation is only as good as the perceived evaluation process...which is controlled.... the process is flawed..
BobBaft December 14, 2012 at 02:59 PM
PARTY?!?!? WHERE?!?!
laurenrenee December 14, 2012 at 05:41 PM
I am a bus,attendant for bcps and after hearing about this there alot of kids now that think it,funny so they are taking weapons to school so not Kool
Lexa Newman December 15, 2012 at 02:54 PM
I think that when a 15-year old shoplifts in a 7-11, walking out with a soda and a pocketful of candy, he or she can argue that he or she should be charged as a juvenile. When a 15-year old gets charged in a playground fight over something stupid, and no one is seriously hurt, they can request to be charged as a juvenile. When a 15-year old obtains alcohol illegally and most importantly, a deadly weapon illegally, with the intent to do harm, that removes him from the realm of juvenile treatment. By some kind of miraculous stroke of luck, Mr. Gladden didn't kill anyone on the first day of school. That doesn't mitigate towards his being charged as a juvenile. The alochol he had in his system might have made it easier for him to pull the trigger, therefore clouding his judgement. That shouldn't mitigate in favor of his being charged as a juvenile either. What he did was wrong on all levels, including the adult level.
Emily Kimball (Editor) January 03, 2013 at 08:22 PM
UPDATE (Jan. 3)—Postponed Hearing Could Delay Accused Perry Hall Student Shooter's Trial - http://patch.com/A-0MZF.


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