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Colorado teens' kidnapping plot thwarted but taken seriously

The idea of kidnapping brings to mind an adult looking to kidnap, well, a kid. But what if it is kids themselves who come up with a kidnapping plot? In the Colorado case of two teens, their alleged plan to kidnap and assault a fellow teen has landed them in custody of different correctional facilities until their trials begin next week.

One of the teenage defendants is now 18 years old but was 17 at the time of the alleged plot. His supposed partner in crime is younger, 15 years old. Though younger, the system has thus far concluded that the 15-year-old suspect was the most to blame for the kidnapping and assault plot. These young boys face a stark legal process and potential incarceration as a result of their alleged plan.

Both teens are charged with conspiracy to commit kidnapping and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. If the teens' supposed plot hadn't been discovered by their family and authorities, would they have gone forward to kidnap another teen and severely injure him as they allegedly planned? No one knows. But the mere plan is enough for the boys to be charged with the offenses and to worry about their futures.

Neither of the teens will be tried as adults within the system, which could save them from harsher sentencing. Still, their futures are both at risk. Communities, especially in Colorado, take any apparent threat of violence among teens extremely seriously.

Source: Aspen Daily News, "Teen arrested in kidnapping plot won't be charged as adult," Chad Abraham, Sep. 21, 2012

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