Alleged Codorus State Park carjacker could move to juvenile facility
A 15-year-old Dover Township girl accused of carjacking an acquaintance at gunpoint in Codorus State Park — and firing a gun when he struggled with her — has a chance to leave adult prison.
Senior deputy prosecutor Seth Bortner told The York Dispatch his office won't oppose any defense request to have Trinity Marie Mays relocated.
Mays is being held in York County Prison on $50,000 bail, charged as an adult with robbery of a motor vehicle, robbery, carrying a firearm without a license and three counts each of theft and receiving stolen property.
She had her preliminary hearing Thursday, Aug. 31, before District Judge James Miner.
No testimony was taken because Mays' public defender stipulated to police allegations, after which Miner forwarded the case to York County Court for trial, according to Bortner.
The proceeding was handled that way, rather than simply having Mays waive her right to the hearing, because it preserves her right to file certain motions later on, he confirmed.
Not opposed: "We did indicate (at the hearing) that we would be in agreement with having her housed in a secure juvenile detention facility instead of York County Prison," Bortner said. "That issue will have to be raised in the Court of Common Pleas by defense counsel, but we won't oppose it."
Bortner noted that the juvenile decertification process — in which York County judges ultimately decide whether juvenile defendants should be tried as adults or have their cases handled in juvenile court — "can take a long time."
"At least she would be around people her own age ... and not be basically isolated from the rest of the prison population," he said.
Being housed in a juvenile facility also would let Mays resume her schoolwork, Bortner said.
Mays' defense attorney could not be reached for comment.
The background: The carjacking happened about 2 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9, in Codorus State Park's campground launch, located in West Manheim Township, according to charging documents filed by Codorus State Park Police.
Mays was hanging out with a male at the campground launch when she "suddenly pulled a firearm on him" and demanded his car keys and cellphone, documents state.
The male tried to disarm Mays and the gun went off during a struggle, according to documents, which indicate no one was struck.
Took off: At that point, the male complied and Mays took off in his vehicle, with his phone, documents state.
Northern York County Regional Police arrested Mays about five hours after the carjacking, having found her walking through her Dover Township neighborhood, documents state.
The victim's 2009 Saturn was found parked a short distance away, with his phone and a Ruger semi-automatic handgun inside, according to documents.
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