Crime

Teenage murderer will be middle-aged when he gets out of prison

A locked door at the Fresno County Jail in downtown Fresno on February 17, 2012.
A locked door at the Fresno County Jail in downtown Fresno on February 17, 2012. Fresno Bee Staff Photo

An 18-year-old Granite City man was sentenced to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty Friday to a fatal 2012 shooting in Granite City.

Mylan Newbern was 14 years old when he shot Charles Weiss, 54, who was on his way home from a convenience store at night when Newbern and three others tried to rob him, according to a news release from the Madison County State’s Attorney’s office.

During the event, Newbern shot Weiss once in the chest, and he was later pronounced dead at a hospital. Newbern was charged with first-degree murder, residential burglary and attempted armed robbery. Newbern was charged with burglary because the gun he used to kill Weiss was stolen, the state’s attorney alleged.

“When a 14-year-old makes adult-level dangerous choices, he must suffer the consequences like an adult,” Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons said in the release.

Newbern was initially charged as a juvenile, but he was later transferred to adult court in 2013, when he was still 14.

Newbern will be required to serve 100 percent of his 30-year term, according to the release.

Casey Bischel: 618-239-2655, @CaseyBischel

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