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Teen Murder Suspect Could Get Some Adult Prison Time

(News/Talk 1480 WHBC) – The boy accused of shooting and killing a Canton teenager could spend some time in adult prison, if convicted.

13-year-old Isiah Lynch is charged with aggravated murder and obstructing justice in the death of 14-year-old Sylvia McGee on March 30th.

Under Ohio law a 13-year-old cannot be tried as an adult. One must be at least 14-years-old.

At the teen’s pretrial hearing this week, the Stark County Prosecutor’s Office filed a notice of intent to seek a ‘serious youthful offender’ designation.

That means, if convicted, Lynch would receive a blended juvenile/adult sentence, and after his sentence in a youth facility was up he could be sent to adult prison.

The adult sentence would only be imposed if he committed new offenses while in youth prison or while on parole afterwards.

The judge assigned the case will decide if the boy will be tried as a serious youthful offender.

A status conference is scheduled for July 15th.

At his initial appearance on April 10th, the boy entered pleas of not true to charges of aggravated murder and obstructing justice. Not true is the juvenile court equivalent of a not guilty plea.

McGee was found in the 1000 block of Bieyl Court SW at around 4 a.m. Saturday, March 30th.

Her family says she was lured out of her house by people she thought were her friends, ambushed and murdered in cold blood in the alley behind her home.

Police say she died from a gunshot wound to the head.

A few days after she was killed, family and friends gathered at a candlelight vigil for Sylvia.

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