Ashland boy who allegedly killed mother, stabbed sister set for status hearing

ASHLAND, Ore. – Prosecutors expect a youth who allegedly killed his own mother and stabbed his sister to admit to the crimes Tuesday.

In January of 2017, the Ashland Police Department announced they were investigating a “significant event.” Eventually, officers stated a 12-year-old boy stabbed his mother and 16-year-old sister, killing his mother and sending his sister to the hospital. The adult victim was identified as 52-year-old Pamela Wolosz.

The 12-year-old boy was arrested and eventually charged with murder, attempted murder and assault in the first degree. He appeared in juvenile court shortly after the incident and sat emotionless, only nodding his head when asked questions. He entered denials to the charges, the equivalent of a not-guilty plea in juvenile court.

Jackson County District Attorney Beth Heckert said the case was a tragedy all around. “I couldn’t recall a case where we had a youth that was that young,” she explained, “that committed these types of crimes in Jackson County.”

If he is adjudicated on the charges—or in other words is found guilty as a juvenile—he could be placed in a correctional facility until he turns 25. If charged and found guilty as an adult he faces a minimum of 25 years on the murder charge alone.

The boy is scheduled for a status check hearing in juvenile court on August 28, 2018. The district attorney’s office believes during the court appearance, the youth will admit to the crimes. If
that happens, a sentencing hearing will be scheduled for several months out.

NBC5 News is following this story and will provide updates when more information becomes available.

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