Seth Trickey to go to treatment center in Texas

Wednesday, April 16th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) _ A teenager who shot five of his middle school classmates will be transferred to a private Texas lockup, a judge decided Tuesday.

Muskogee County Associate District Judge Tom Alford agreed to a plan by attorneys for Seth Trickey, 16, that he be sent to the Oaks Residential Treatment Center in Austin, Texas.

Trickey has been incarcerated at the Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs' Rader Diagnostic Center in Sand Springs since August 2000.

He was only 13 when he opened fire on classmates at Fort Gibson Middle School on Dec. 6, 1999, wounding five.

A 12-year-old girl was shot in the face, three seventh-grade boys were wounded in their arms or legs and a fourth boy was grazed by a bullet that had passed through another victim.

The move to the Texas facility should be done in a few days, the judge said.

Once he leaves the Rader Diagnostic Center, he will be in the legal custody of his parents, but he will remain under supervision of the Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs.

Alford said he agreed to the move to the Austin center because Trickey will receive more intensive treatment there. It is a secure facility, he said.

Russ Knowles, whose daughter, Savana, was hurt, attended Tuesday's hearing.

He agreed with Muskogee County Assistant District Attorney Sejin Brooks' contention that the Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs offered Trickey adequate treatment options.

``I have mixed emotions about it,'' Knowles said. ``We want what's best for the boy, but, to me, it comes down to paying the consequences for the crime.''