A judge ruled Tuesday that a Davenport teen charged with robbing and beating a man last month will be tried in adult court as a youthful offender.
Christopher M. Shadrick, 13, is expected to make an initial appearance Wednesday morning in Scott County District Court on charges of first-degree robbery, willful injury causing serious injury, and assault while participating in a felony-serious injury.
As a youthful offender, Shadrick will be tried in adult court, but if convicted, he would be under the supervision of the juvenile court until he turns 18. The case then would be remanded to adult court, where a judge would determine whether to impose a sentence or discharge him, among other sentencing options.
A youthful offender waiver hearing held Monday was closed to the public on the request of his attorney, Jack Dusthimer.
Associate Judge Cheryl Traum wrote in an order filed Tuesday that she considered several factors, including the seriousness of the charges and his ongoing behavior issues at school, when deciding to transfer the case out of juvenile court.
“The Court concludes that no reasonable prospect for rehabilitation exists if the Court were to retain jurisdiction” she wrote in the order.
Around 11 p.m. Oct. 12, Lester Norton, 47, was walking his bicycle on the Davenport bike path, the Duck Creek Trail Parkway, near Hickory Grove and Hillandale roads.
Shadrick and co-defendant Doryan P. Jackson, 14, knocked him over and tried to steal his bike, according to police.
When Norton tried to stand up, the teens began hitting and kicking him and stole his cellphone and sweatshirt, according to police.
Norton was taken to Genesis Medical Center-East Rusholme Street, Davenport; police were called to the hospital at 11:30 p.m.
Prosecutors are also seeking to try Jackson as a youthful offender. A hearing on the motion is Thursday.
Norton’s mother, Bonita Norton, said Monday that her son has since been released from the hospital and has been at her home since Oct. 27.
He suffered injuries to his orbital bones, jaw, and lungs, among other injuries.
“On the first day, his face to underneath his chin was solid purple,” she said. “The whites of his eyes were purple. It took recognizing the rest of his body to know it was him.”
She added that he is trying to stay positive as he recovers.
Shadrick also faces charges of second-degree burglary, conspiracy to commit a non-forcible felony, fourth-degree criminal mischief, and assault on persons in certain occupations, and two counts of interference with official acts in separate cases.
In those cases, he is accused of committing a burglary the same day and stealing a bicycle on Oct. 3.