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October 25, 2012

In brief: ‘20/20’ episode features local teen

— A local teen will appear on the “Sixth Sense” episode of ABC’s “20/20” tonight.

Beaverdale psychic Ryan Michaels, 18, is expected to appear on the show, which airs at 10 p.m.

Michaels said he met with “20/20” in June, and a crew ended up coming to Cambria County to film him during a meeting with the Portage Area Historical Society on Saturday.

Michaels has been featured on several shows, including an A&E program, “Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal.”

Authorities charge man in costume shooting

ROCHESTER – Charges have been filed against a Pennsylvania man who shot what he thought was a skunk but was really his 8-year-old cousin in a black-and-white Halloween costume.

Thomas Edward Grant, 24, of Jackson Center, Mercer County, was charged Thursday with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and simple assault.

The girl was hit in the shoulder, arm, back and neck. She remained in critical condition.

Police said the girl was playing hide-and-seek behind the Grant family’s rural Rochester home Saturday night when she was shot once with a 12-gauge shotgun. She was wearing a black body costume and a black hat with a white feather.

Grant is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Nov. 1. It wasn’t clear whether he had an attorney.

Sentencing changes for juvenile killers

HARRISBURG – Gov. Tom Corbett signed legislation that gives Pennsylvania judges options other than life in prison when sentencing juveniles in murder cases.

The law Corbett signed Thursday means defendants 14 or younger would serve at least 20 years for second-degree convictions and 25 years for first-degree convictions. Offenders who are 15-17 years old would face at least 25 or 35 years.

The measure was spurred by the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that recently outlawed mandatory life-without-parole terms for minors, deeming it cruel and unusual punishment.

The Pennsylvania legislation creates a new set of sentencing options, with penalties that depend on the age of the defendant and whether they’re convicted of first- or second-degree murder.

Pennsylvania prison officials have estimated the number of juvenile lifers at about 300.

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