Story last updated at 12/17/2008 - 3:45 pm
JUNEAU - The 15-year-old boy who police say accidentally killed Aidan Neary, 14, and wounded a second 14-year-old in a Mendenhall Valley shooting Wednesday is facing manslaughter and assault charges.
The state Division of Juvenile Justice has held the boy at the Johnson Youth Center since a court hearing Dec. 11 when he was arraigned.
The felony charges each carry potential fines up to $250,000 and 20 years in prison, though the boy, whom Adelmeyer identified as Kevin Michaud, won't face hard time as long as he's in the juvenile justice system. That system doesn't mete out punishment in the traditional sense, but deals with treatment and remediation programs.
The "worst case scenario" for minors in the juvenile justice system, Adelmeyer told the Juneau Empire, is to be ordered to a two-year lock-up in a juvenile treatment facility. The least restrictive avenue at the other end of the spectrum is to be released on juvenile probation.
The incident occurred Dec. 10 at Michaud's home. Police said he and four other teenage boys, all freshmen at Juneau-Douglas High School, took guns from a locked cabinet and played a game with them when Michaud accidentally fired. The single bullet fatally wounded Neary in the abdomen and continued on to wound a second boy.
The second boy was flown to Seattle's Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. He was listed in satisfactory condition Friday afternoon. The two other boys were not detained or charged.