California officials have not been able to figure out what to do with 13-year-old Joseph Hall after he was convicted of second-degree murder in January for shooting his father in the head. Hall was been waiting for six months as state prosecutors and officials try to determine where he should be placed. Riverside County Deputy District Attorney Michael Soccio said that Hall has not “fallen through the cracks” but rather that “it’s just that no crack fits Joseph.”
As city council members, educational advocates, attorneys and psychologists argue about where Hall should end up, the teen’s fate rests in the hands of Judge Jean P. Leonard. Hall could end up being placed in a therapeutic facility or he could be placed in a prison for mostly violent juvenile offenders in California.
The Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) is known for being extremely violent and Hall’s supporters say that he will leave that facility as a “gangbanger or a serial killer” if that is where he is placed, The Inquisitr reported.
When he was 10, Hall shot his father with a .357 magnum revolver while he was asleep. Hall’s father was a regional leader of a neo-Nazi organization. He had at least a dozen child abuse claims filed against him.
Soccio said he was not opposed to sending Hall to a rehab facility, but that public safety was the top priority.
"It hasn't been that long ago since he killed his father," Soccio said. "It's not appropriate to place him anywhere that's not a lockdown facility. He cannot go anywhere that he can get out or come and go as he pleases."