An attorney who wishes to remain anonymous forwarded to Village 14 two documents Wednesday related to Denzel Horne, the 21-year-old former Newton North student who was sentenced last month to one year imprisonment after being found guilty of a bomb threat at North in 2007.
There’s been quite a bit of discussion about this already on this blog.
The person who sent this to me was not involved in the matter and does not know Horne. I’m borrowing heavily from an email that person sent to us from here on….
As you’ll see from the case history, Denzel Horne was first arraigned in April 2010 (almost 2 years after he graduated) and a mistrial occurred a year later in April 2011.
As indicated by the statutes that he was charged under, Horne could have gotten up to 20 years in a state prison or up to 2-1/2 years in a house of correction, a $10,000 fine, or both a fine an imprisonment, on the first charge of making a bomb threat.
On the second charge of causing evacuation of a school by a bomb threat, the minimum sentence is 3 years and 20 years maximum in state prison (e.g., MCI Concord) or 6 months minimum and 2-1/2 years maximum in a house of correction (e.g., Billerica House of Correction), a minimum $1,000 fine and a maximum of $50,000, or both fine and imprisonment.
As it was, on the first charge, Horne got a 2-1/2 year sentence, with 1 year to be served in a house of correction and the balance of his sentence suspended for 5 years (in other words, if after getting out of prison, he does not reoffend for a period of 5 years, he does not have to serve any additional time, but if he reoffends, he has to serve the remainder of his sentence).
On the second charge – the more serious one–all Horne got was 5 years probation to run concurrently with his sentence on the first charge. Horne was also ordered to do community service as part of probation and to stay away from Newton North Principal Jennifer Price.
BTW, the 30 days for filing an appeal from his conviction has not yet expired. Ironically, the lawyer who has been disciplined by the bar was also the one who apparently got him a mistrial.
Someone already pointed out that 17 year olds are treated as adults by the Massachusetts criminal justice system.