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Boy who shot mom could be tried as an adult

Scott Seitz2 • Jun 1, 2012 at 12:01 PM

A Willard teenager accused of shooting his mother could be tried as an adult.

Michael Mason, 16, was in Huron County Juvenile Court on Thursday for a detention hearing.

Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler recommended Mason remain in detention due to the seriousness of the alleged offense and that he reportedly fled the scene with a gun tucked under his waistband .

Leffler added that Mason allegedly was planning an escape to Warren to "hide out" and previously had fled the state by vehicle.

Huron County Assistant Public Defender James Joel Sitterly agreed Mason should remain in detention. Judge Timothy Cardwell granted the request.

The shooting took place at 23 N. Main St. in Willard. Mason was later arrested at a Pearl Street residence.

Cardwell said the next step in the court proceedings will be a probable cause hearing where the court will determine whether the case is bound over to common pleas court where Mason would be tried as an adult.

Cardwell added Mason could face an attempted murder charge if tried as an adult or a delinquency charge if he's tried as a juvenile.

The judge added the probable cause hearing could take up to a full day in court. That date has not yet been set, but attorneys said afterward it could be within two weeks.

The boy's mother, Melissa Mason, was listed in good condition at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, where she was taken after initial treatment at Mercy Willard Hospital.

Officers recovered the weapon used in the shooting -- a .22 caliber pistol. The gun belongs to the boy's grandfather, who reported it stolen last week.

Willard City Schools were on lockdown following the shooting.

Mason has had a couple other recent run-ins with the law.

He admitted to the Oct. 8 charge of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and operating a vehicle without a license at a Nov. 4 court hearing.

Mason was charged and admitted to a second charge of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle stemming from a Dec. 5 incident.

For each offense, Mason was placed on probation.

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