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Local teen accused of shooting mom to be tried as adult

Scott Seitz2 • Nov 1, 2012 at 9:29 AM

A Willard teenager accused of shooting his mother in the back will be tried as an adult.

This determination was ordered by Huron County Juvenile Court Judge Timothy Cardwell after a probable cause hearing Wednesday.

After Michael Mason, 16, of 23 N. Main St., Willard, allegedly shot his mother in May, he fled the scene, causing an extensive manhunt and forcing the Willard schools to be on lockdown.

Mason eventually was apprehended at a Pearl Street residence in Willard.

The boy's mother, Melissa Mason, was taken to Mercy Hospital in Willard and later transferred to a Toledo hospital. She was later released.

"Probable cause was established," said Chris Mushett, juvenile court administrator, about Wednesday's hearing.

"Bail was set at $100,000," Mushett added.

Mason remains incarcerated at the Seneca County Youth Center.

Mason's case is now headed to a grand jury and then likely the common pleas court where he could face the charge of attempted murder with a gun specification, which is a first-degree felony.

The gun Mason is accused of using to shoot his mother was reported stolen from his grandfather prior to the shooting.

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