SHEBOYGAN, WI (WTAQ) - A court hearing this week will decide whether a 14-year-old boy will be tried as a juvenile instead of an adult in the brutal murder of a Sheboygan Falls woman.
The boy currently faces life in prison on an adult homicide charge – but if he’s moved to juvenile court, he could face delinquency that would let him go free at age 25.
He and 14-year-old Antonio Barbeau are accused of using a hammer and a hatchet to kill Barbeau’s great-grandmother, 78-year-old Barbara Olsen, at her home last September.
Authorities said they also ransacked her house for money, and used it afterward to buy marijuana and pizza.
Barbeau’s lawyer has decided that his client would not meet the threshold for being tried as a juvenile – and he has pleaded innocent-by-insanity to his adult homicide charge.
If found insane, Barbeau would be treated indefinitely at a mental institution.
The other boy’s defense lawyer would have to prove that the teen would benefit from treatment that he couldn’t get in an adult prison.
A hearing on that issue is set for tomorrow and Wednesday.
For now, both boys are scheduled to go on trial in early March.