If it stays in adult court, he will be tried as a juvenile in adult court. If he is convicted of first-degree murder, the maximum sentence he could receive would be 40 years in jail before the possibility of parole. A new ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court prohibits juveniles from being sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole because of the Eighth Amendment, which prohibits cruel and unusual punishment.
If the case is transferred to juvenile court, one prosecutor on the case said the punishment would be much less severe if January was convicted of first-degree murder. He thought it could be as minimal as six years behind bars.
The judge will look at the severity of the case before determining in which court the case will be tried.