Months after being charged as adults for breaking into a city councilman's home, one-by-one, the teens are asking the courts to consider them as juveniles.
Omaha Police arrested five teenagers, the oldest 17 and the youngest 14, for the South Omaha burglary in at the home of Garry Gernandt in November.
A neighbor noticed them on her security system as they entered the house. A patio door had been kicked in.
Police responded to the 911 call and found the teens stacking up Gernandt's belongings, including guns. He’s a retired police officer.
The two youngest went straight into juvenile court.
The county attorney decided that the 17-year-old, Jean Lora, and two 15-year-olds, Dajaquan Henderson and Alexis Ayon, would be tried as adults. Now, all three want to be moved to juvenile court.
Gernandt says he's been going to every hearing to make sure justice is served. “This isn't one person who broke into a house,” he said. “You have to multiply this by five."
So far, Judge Duane Dougherty has rejected one request to move to juvenile; that of Jean Lora. In his report, the judge said he's concerned that Lora will ever see the light of day or ever take responsibility for his actions. Lora has been in and out of the juvenile system already, with 24-previous contacts with the court.
Lora is the one police say had the gun and was wearing the ankle bracelet because of his previous trouble, “and has been given chances before and now he's asking for another one,” Gernandt said. “I was a little bit taken aback on that.
"If you look at the stats you wonder, where are the parents in controlling these young offenders?"