JANESVILLE (WKOW) -- A 14-year-old Edgerton girl, charged with murder, receives the maximum punishment in Wisconsin's juvenile court system.
Ashlee Brown made two court appearance on Thursday. The first, in the morning, in adult court. The second, in the afternoon, in juvenile court. The second being the result of the first when both sides agreed it was the proper way to go.
"I think Ashlee is where she belongs," says Rock County Public Defender Kelly Mattingly. "She belongs in the juvenile justice system."
Mattingly says Brown is taking the murder charge "very seriously."
In court, she admitted to causing the overdose death of 13-year-old Alex Aiken, last month.
Court records show she stole the prescription painkiller Oxycodone from her grandmother.
The autopsy on Aiken found those pills in his system.
"My job is to look at the facts of the case and make an objective decision as to what is appropriate in this case," says District Attorney David O'Leary. "I think we did that."
O'Leary pushed for the maximum punishment in the state's juvenile system. It's called the Serious Juvenile Offender program.
"It's for murders, sexual assaults, only the most serious offenses," adds O'Leary.
The five year sentence includes treatment, counseling and isolation up to three years.
"I don't see how you could say they aren't serious consequences," adds Mattingly.
If convicted as an adult, Brown faced up to 40 years in prison. O'Leary says treating Brown as a child led to quick consequences in this case.
"It's the only practical solution," he says. "Is it perfect? Absolutely not."
Ashlee Brown, an Edgerton 8th grader, stayed quiet in court, making no public statement when given the option.
"This was a friend (Alex Aiken) of hers who died," Mattingly says. "Ashlee didn't want her friend to die."
Aiken's mother read a statement to the court. Jennifer Bethel asked the judge to give Brown the maximum punishment.
Aiken's parents are seeking restitution for funeral expenses. A hearing on that matter is set for April 15.
The district attorney says investigators continue to look for other possible connections to Aiken's death. He tells 27 News that no charges are expected to filed against Brown's grandmother.
Ashlee Brown is now headed to a correctional facility in Union Grove.
Online reporting by Brock Bergey
JANESVILLE (WKOW) -- A Rock County teen was back in court Thursday afternoon, where prosecutors recommend a juvenile program and sentencing for her role in the overdose death of Alex Aiken.
Ashlee Brown's case was referred back to juvenile court, after a preliminary appearance Thursday morning in adult court.
Brown was sentenced to three years in confinement and two years in extended supervision, after the teen admitted in court to being a delinquent.
The mother of 13 year-old Alex Aiken spoke during the afternoon proceedings.
A restitution hearing will be held on April 15 at 10:00 a.m. for funeral costs and related expenses.
27 News reporter Brock Bergey spoke with prosecutors and Brown's defense attorney and will have a full report on 27 News at 5 & 6.
JANESVILLE (WKOW) -- Prosecutors say they'll recommend a juvenile program and sentencing for a 14 year old girl charged in the overdose death of Alex Aiken.
Ashlee Brown is being referred back to juvenile court after a preliminary appearance in Rock County court Thursday morning.
The Rock County District Attorney tells 27 News he will recommend Brown be put into a serious juvenile program that will offer her better rehabilitation program, as well as three years in custody followed by two years under extended supervision.
A hearing in juvenile court is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Thursday afternoon.
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