Jeremiah Ryan: Bronx 'Ghost Gun' killer, 17, will get 5 YEARS MAX if tried in family court
Jeremiah Ryan, the teen accused of killing a 16-year-old girl using a 'ghost gun', would only get a maximum of 5 years if tried in family court, according to a new report. As Jeremiah Ryan appeared in court on Monday, April 11, for the first time, calls for justice have grown louder, as many demanded the 17-year-old alleged gunman be prosecuted as an adult. Although the Bronx judge has yet to rule on whether the boy accused of fatally shooting a 16-year-old girl with a ‘ghost gun’ will face adult charges, many experts think that Ryan would face up to 15 years or life in jail if convicted on the charges against him in the State Supreme Court as a teen offender. Moreover, he would have faced a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison if he had been a year older and prosecuted as an adult in the Supreme Court.
While it's unlikely that Ryan will be sent to family court because of the severity of the charges against him, the Bronx District Attorney's Office requested a few days to present its reasons to the judge on why Jeremiah Ryan, 17, should be prosecuted as an adolescent offender in the State Supreme Court rather than in family court as a juvenile. Ryan's possible penalty for a murder conviction would be restricted to five years in prison if he were prosecuted as a minor in family court.
Earlier, officials of the New York Police Department announced the arrest of a 17-year-old who they said sprayed six bullets on a Bronx street, killing one teen and wounding two others. Jeremiah Ryan, the accused shooter, was charged with murder, attempted murder, and criminal possession of a firearm, according to Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell. Angellyh Yambo, 16, was a victim of the shooting, tragically murdered while heading home from school Friday (April 8) afternoon, according to Sewell.
Prior to her funeral, Yambo's heartbroken mother told ABC7, "I am preparing for one of the hardest days of my life tomorrow. We need a change. You know, we should not be burying our kids. Mothers should not be going through this. To see the picture of my daughter on TV is something that is unbearable. And I can't process it, still. I still question myself why my daughter's picture is on TV.” This incident comes as the Biden administration prepares to unveil long-awaited regulatory revisions for the sale of ‘ghost guns,’ in response to mounting demand to address a statewide surge in the usage of the lethal weapons. Meanwhile, since assuming office on January 1, Mayor Eric Adams has made combating crime a top priority. However, in comparison to the previous year, crime in New York City has increased by about 30%, and the number of shooting victims has increased by 14.5 percent, according to NBC News.