WILKES-BARRE – A city teen is facing at least two felony charges in Luzerne County Juvenile Court in connection with a Sept. 10 shooting, a county judge said Thursday.
Tony Ransome, 14, appeared in Luzerne County Court for a detention hearing before Judge Tina Polachek Gartley, and is facing two felony counts of aggravated assault and two misdemeanor charges of reckless endangerment of another person in the shooting and injuring of 20-year-old Christian Sholly on Hutson Street. Ransome and Sholly are half brothers.
Ransome's attorneys, Cheryl Sobeski Reedy, Demetrius Fannick and Ana Mojtahedi, waived the reading of an affidavit of probable cause outlining the details of the charges.
Investigators have also not outlined details surrounding the shooting, but neighbors say they heard yelling coming from the 86 Hutson St. home, including remarks that "it was an accident, it was an accident."
Their mother, Theresa Ransome, appeared in court Thursday. Sholly remains in critical condition at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township.
Polachek Gartley said Ransome will continue to stay at a juvenile detention center in Northampton County until a space becomes available at the Kids Peace, a facility in Orefield, Pa.
The judge said Ransome will remain in custody until an Oct. 4 adjudication hearing.
At an adjudication hearing, a judge will determine if Ransome has committed a delinquent act. Testimony will be heard at the hearing, Polachek Gartley said.
A second hearing may be held on the same day or at a different date for a disposition hearing, where a judge will determine placement for a juvenile who has been adjudicated a delinquent.
Ransome could face placement in a juvenile detention center until the age of 21.