- Gary HerbertGovernor
- Aaron OsmondState Senator
- Presiding Judge Brent W. West2nd District Court Weber County, Utah
- Diane WoodJudicial Assistant, Presiding Judge 2nd District Court, Weber County Utah
- Sylvester DanielsCourt Executive
- UBJJ c/o Reg GarffJuvenile Justice Specialist
- Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice (Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission)Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission
Quash the Bind Over Order from Juvenile Court for 16 year old Cooper Van Huizen
This 16 year old boy, with NO criminal past, one afternoon made some mistakes, he admits that his choice of friends was a mistake, he admits that taking his fathers weapens was a mistake. He did not realize that although the plan was to rob a Drug Dealer of his drugs, it was a dumb thing to do. When they got to the drug dealer's home in Roy, where one of the 18 year olds previously lived, they were INVITED IN, and invited into the basement, where they were talking and joking around, about the gun that the ringleader had, when one of the other 18 year olds and the 17 year old took out their guns and robbed the 2 occupants of their stash of marijuana. Cooper had never before seen anything like this in real life, and stood there in shock and as scared as the two victims were.
When he went to Juvenile Court, the attorney that had come so highly recomended to Cooper's parents failed to do his job and let Cooper be bound over to District Court. So when they went to District Court, with a new attorney that also failed to do his job and gave Cooper and his parents erroneous advice, and with full confidence in the Prosecutor took a plea deal that would give him 180 days in Jail, 3 years Probatin, fines and restitution, the same as the other juviniel, however when it went before Judge Jones of the 2nd District Courts in Weber County Utah, Judge Jones accepted the 17 year old's plea, but added time so he got 210 days in the county Jail, and then denied Coopers Plea Agreement, and sentenced him to Two (2) concurrent 1 to 15 year sentences in the State Prison.
Because of his age, he cannot be in Gen Pop, therefore he is in the Protective Custody Pod - which also houses the Death Row, and severely Mentally ill inmates. He is locked down 23 hours a day 365 days a year.
For a juvenile that has never been in trouble with the law before, this Judge is way out of line, and this plea needs to be overturned, and Cooper needs to be taken back to Juvenile Court where it should have never left, with an Attorney that has the gonads to take it to a jury.
So help us get this kid out of the state prison and back into the Juvenile system.
- State Senator
- 2nd District Court Weber County, Utah
Presiding Judge Brent W. West
- Judicial Assistant, Presiding Judge 2nd District Court, Weber County Utah
- Court Executive
- Juvenile Justice Specialist
UBJJ c/o Reg Garff
- Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission
Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice (Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission)
This is a major miscarriage of justice, and needs to be addressed. The Sentencing Judge was way out of line when he accepted the plea of the one Juvenile, who did participate in the hold up by pulling a gun out and making threats against the victims, but denied Cooper's plea, when his mistake was in his choice of friends, and trusting 2 Attorney's that did not have his best interests at heart.
Cooper had no prior run ins with the law, he is / was doing well in school, whereas the other Four youths did, and the other two that have been sentenced only got County Jail, Probation, Restitution and Fines. The other Two participants have not yet been to Court as they are in custody for other Armed Robberies that they committed while waiting to go to Court on this case.
So we are asking you the to step in and overturn the plea, allow his new attorney to file the appeal to send it back to Juvenile Court, and be tried as the Juvenile he is.
We ask that you Quash this unjust and improper bindover from Juvenile Court to District Court of 16 year old Cooper Van Huizen.
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