GREENSBURG, Pa. – A judge says a young man who was 16 years old when he stabbed 20 fellow students and a security guard at his suburban Pittsburgh high school should stand trial as an adult, not as a juvenile.
A defense attorney for Alex Hribal (RY'-bal) had argued juvenile court supervision ending when he's 21 would provide a better chance for him to receive treatment for mental health issues that fueled his rampage at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville in April 2014.
But a Westmoreland County judge agreed with a prosecutor the enormity of the attack and the risk Hribal could reoffend make adult sanctions more appropriate.
Hribal's attorney acknowledges he stabbed the other students, who survived. Hribal is 18 now and could face decades in prison if convicted.