Community Leaders Tackle Trend Of Teens Committing Violent Crimes

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – For nearly two decades Juvenile Magistrate Judge Carlton Lewis has sat on a bench at the Juvenile Justice Center. “Whenever somebody gets to this court every other agency, every other program in the community has probably failed.”

The four teens recently charged with criminal homicide may end up in his court room. “Obviously it scares me, the idea of anyone being involved in any kind of violent offense,” Lewis said.

Anthony Sinor, Mithcell Mann, Byron Berkley and Terrence Rainey are all 16-years-old, and they’re all charged with criminal homicide since mid-January. While some may think it’s gang related, officers believe otherwise.

“The kids involved in these shootings are not confirmed gang members and nor do we feel like it’s any type of gang initiation,” said Officer Kelly Gray.

Gray serves as supervisor for the Gang and High Risk Unit, she said many of the kids coming into court now don’t have any previous court involvement. “This is new for us,” she said.

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