Alleged Codorus State Park carjacker seeks move to juvenile court
The attorney for a Dover Township girl who was 15 when she allegedly carjacked an acquaintance at gunpoint in Codorus State Park is trying to get the teen's case moved to juvenile court.
Trinity Marie Mays, who turned 16 in York County Prison last month, is 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 appeared Monday, Oct. 23, in York County Court, where senior public defender Raymond Ortwein told the presiding judge his client still hasn't been moved from prison to the Lancaster Youth Intervention Center, a secure juvenile facility in Lancaster County, even though arrangements have been made.
Seth Bortner, the senior deputy prosecutor in the case, has said he doesn't oppose the move.
In response, Common Pleas Judge Harry M. Ness ordered Mays moved to the juvenile facility at the earliest possible date.
Juvenile court? Also Monday, Ness and the attorneys discussed the defense's recently filed juvenile decertification petition that seeks to transfer her case to juvenile court.
Bortner told the judge his office needs to look into the request further before making a decision whether to oppose it or concur with it.
Bortner later told The York Dispatch that he will discuss the case with the alleged victim and the lead investigator in the case and take a closer look at "all underlying facts."
He could choose to have a mental-health professional examine Mays, but he said he will wait to see what the defense's medical expert has to say about the teen before deciding.
Ortwein said in court Monday that he is moving ahead to request funds for a psychological or psychiatric evaluation to determine whether Mays is a good candidate for the juvenile court system.
The background: The carjacking happened about 2 a.m. Aug. 9 in Codorus State Park's campground launch in West Manheim Township, according to charging documents filed by Codorus State Park Police.
Mays was hanging out with a male acquaintance 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.
Teen 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. They 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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