A story just posted today about the student that stabbed the teacher, but no motive, gang affiliation mentioned yet.
Accused teacher attacker could be charged as adult
January 25, 2008
By ERIN CALANDRIELLO Staff Writer
ELGIN -- A 16-year-old Elgin High School student accused of stabbing a teacher last week at the school still may be charged as an adult.
The student, whom sources have identified as sophomore Angel Facio of Elgin, appeared at a hearing Tuesday in Cook County Juvenile Court in Chicago to face charges of attempted first-degree murder, four counts of aggravated battery, and unlawful use of a weapon.
Sources have said charging Facio as an adult still is under consideration. A spokeswoman for the Cook County State's Attorney's Office would not confirm that Thursday afternoon but said "it may come out later."
Facio, 16, is accused of entering Gilbert's classroom at 11:15 a.m. that day, shortly after the early dismissal of students after semester finals. Witnesses said he initially engaged her in small talk, and then threw a coat over her and stabbed the teacher with a steak knife four times in the back of her neck and once near her eye.
Gilbert lost vision in her right eye from the attack, according to district officials.
Steve Beckett, a professor and director of trial advocacy at the College of Law at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, said the seriousness of the crimes makes it more likely the state eventually will charge him as an adult, which could add decades to his prison time if he is convicted.
"There are offenses that are so serious, they really don't meet the criteria to protect children and get them through rough times in their lives," said Beckett. "It sounds like it could happen in this case."
To be charged as an adult with a crime, a juvenile must be at least 15 years old, and the offense must be "very serious," according to Beckett. He said attempted murder would fit into that category. The decision to charge a juvenile as an adult remains at the discretion of the state's attorney handling the case, Beckett said.
If Facio is found delinquent as a juvenile, he could be incarcerated in a juvenile facility until age 21 and then released, said Beckett, who added that juvenile records usually remain sealed.
But "if he's charged as an adult," he said, he could face anywhere from 20 to 60 years in prison. If this were to happen, Beckett said, he would be incarcerated in a juvenile facility until age 21 and then would be transferred to an adult prison.
Facio has been ordered held in juvenile officials' custody pending a hearing Tuesday in the Rolling Meadows branch of Cook County Circuit Court.