Broken Arrow Dad Angry Attempted Kidnapping Suspect May Only Get Probation

Thursday, February 23rd 2012, 11:21 pm
By: News On 6

The father of a 13-year-old girl who was nearly kidnapped at her Broken Arrow bus stop is outraged.

He's been told the 14-year-old suspect will likely get probation and – as a father – he won't even be allowed to attend the court hearings.

He's angry the boy may get nothing more than a slap on the wrist. Brittany's dad says she's a straight A student, she follows the rules and is responsible.

He says he teaches her that actions have consequences, so it's hard to explain to her why the boy who nearly kidnapped her, will probably only get probation.

"What kind of message are we sending to all 14 year olds?" James, Brittany's dad, said.

Brittany was at her bus stop when the boy grabbed her and dragged her through a neighbor's yard. He was just 20 yards from his own home when a neighbor ran out and scared him away.

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James was first told the boy would be charged with threatening a violent act, but James wanted at least attempted kidnapping. But he was told either way, the punishment will likely be a couple months probation.

"If you're going to abduct a child, say you're going to kill the child, drag the child across a yard, what are you going to do with her? She's already a victim, but we have to wait until she's a major victim? It's not right," he said.

James says it seems those trying to do right get punished. He'll be out thousands of dollars to install a security system and build a privacy fence. And Brittany is one living in fear.

He says the boy has a history of trouble and was even expelled the day of the attack. He was told none of that matters, because the system must treat everyone equally.

He thinks it makes more sense for the punishment to fit the crime.

"We've taken the system and tried to make it so fair. It's not fair. It's gone the opposite direction," he said.

The District Attorney's Office says the law requires them to try anyone under the age of 15 accused of attempted kidnapping, in juvenile court.

They say they take any crime involving public safety very seriously and will make sure the judge knows all the facts. They say they will push for the sentence that will best protect people, but ultimately the judge decides punishment.

They also say they will try to keep James as informed as possible about the case, but juvenile proceedings and records are sealed.