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In re Tyvonne

Connecticut Supreme Court
558 A.2d 661 (1989)


Tyvonne (defendant) was an eight-year-old student who found a pistol in his school playground. He hid the pistol in an adjacent building and then brought it to school the next day where he bragged to his classmates that he had the pistol. After an argument over whether the pistol was real or fake, Tyvonne demonstrated that the gun was real by shooting one of his classmates, injuring her. Tyvonne then ran from the scene after announcing that he had clearly been telling the truth. The state filed five charges against Tyvonne in juvenile court, of which he was convicted of only one: second-degree assault. Tyvonne was committed to the state department of youth services for “no more than four years.” Tyvonne appealed his conviction to the state supreme court, claiming that he should have been able to bring the common law infancy defense in a juvenile proceeding.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Glass, A.J.)

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