Judge: Pa. boy, now 14, ‘adult’ in double slaying

FRANKLIN, Pa. (AP) — A judge says a 14-year-old northwestern Pennsylvania boy must be tried as an adult on charges he fatally shot his grandparents because facing only seven years’ detention in juvenile court is “wholly inadequate to ensure the public’s safety.”

Venango County President Judge Oliver Lobaugh issued that decision Wednesday in the case of Zachary Proper, who was just 13 when 69-year-old George Fross and 67-year-old Dorothy Fross were shot at their home near Franklin Oct. 7.

Proper faces up to life in prison if convicted as an adult, but would have faced incarceration or probation only until he turns 21 had the case remained in juvenile court.

Proper now faces an Aug. 26 preliminary hearing to determine whether there’s enough evidence for him to stand trial in Common Pleas Court.

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