PORTLAND, Conn. -- A 13-year-old boy charged with murdering a janitor and wounding two others during a school shooting spree will be tried as a juvenile under state law, a prosecutor says.
Francis Carino, the chief juvenile prosecutor for the state, said Wednesday a person under 14 in Connecticut cannot be tried as an adult, no matter how serious the crime.
If found guilty, the person cannot be ordered to remain in juvenile custody more than four years, he said.
Carino, who would not comment specifically on the Portland case, said juvenile trials are conducted without a jury and said the disposition of such cases are not disclosed.
State police said they will not identify the youth, but fellow students said he is Floyd Warmsley, of Portland, an eighth-grade student who had run-ins with the principal.
State police charged Warmsley with murder and kidnapping following a 45-minute incident at Portland Junior High School Tuesday.
During the spree, in which 12 shots were fired, the student wounded the principal and a secretary, killed the janitor and took a 12-year-old boy hostage as students cowered in locked classrooms.
The boy finally released the hostage and tossed a 9mm automatic 'machine pistol' out a classroom window after pleas from his father and aunt over the school's intercom system.
The boy had been suspended from school last week for wearing a hat in school but had been allowed to return to classes Tuesday, police said.
They said Warmsley had been in class on the morning of the incident and had been summoned to the office of Principal Donald Rixon where an argument began.
Warmsley returned to Rixon's first-floor office sometime later with the weapon hidden under his long overcoat and began shooting.
Killed in the assault was David Bengston, 36, the father of two young children. It was believed Bengston was shot as he tried to escort students to safety on the second floor of the school.