The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

Local News

April 29, 2014

Teen gunman could be free in weeks

SHARON — The judge on Monday told 17-year-old Eliot Reed that he has a choice – to be a decent father or a street father.

“They live in the same neighborhood. It’s just a choice,” said Mercer County Common Pleas Court Judge Daniel P. Wallace.

Reed missed the birth of his son, which happened sometime during the past 302 days he spent in Mercer County Jail.

Reed was accused of shooting a girl in the arm July 1 after an out-of-control party spilled onto Highland Avenue in Sharon.

Police said Reed fired several shots into the air, then shot twice into the crowd, hitting the girl.

“I’m tired of being a statistic,” Reed said, in an apology letter to the judge read by his attorney.

Wallace said he was prepared to slap Reed with a state prison sentence before he realized a plea deal had already been arranged.

Reed pleaded guilty earlier this year to a charge of aggravated assault. Charges of carrying a firearm without a license, attempted criminal homicide, aggravated assault and recklessly endangering another person were dropped.

Wallace stuck to the deal and sentenced Reed to 11è to 23 months in Mercer County Jail, followed by 5 years of state probation. He was given credit for the 302 days served.

“He should serve every day of that 23 months,” Assistant District Attorney Dan Davis said. “This is a kid who fired into a crowd. The only good thing that came of that is no one got killed.”

Davis pointed out two instances, over objection from the defense, in which Reed reportedly tried to punch someone during his time in jail.

Wallace said that aggressive behavior was one of two reasons Reed should be sent to state prison. The other is because of a letter to the judge from the victim’s mother stating that her daughter will never use her arm in the same way again.

“You got a couple months left,” Wallace told Reed. “You have another misconduct and I’ll keep you in there.”

 

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