Latest in Union County rock-throwing: 3 to be tried as adults in maiming

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 30, 2015 3:09 PM

Photo by AP Photo/Ralph Wilson, File

In this 2014, file photo, Sharon Budd speaks with her husband, Randy, after being discharged from Geisinger Health South Rehabilitation Hospital in Danville. Budd was struck by a rock dropped from a bridge overpass onto her vehicle in July 2014.

(Lewisburg) -- A Pennsylvania judge says three 18-year-olds facing charges in a rock-throwing incident that severely injured an Ohio teacher will be tried as adults.

Union County Judge Michael Sholley ruled against requests by the defendants, who wanted the cases moved to juvenile court because they were 17 when last year's attack occurred.

The judge says if not for modern medicine, the three would probably have been facing some sort of homicide charges instead of aggravated assault.

Ohio middle school teacher Sharon Budd suffered severe brain and other head injuries in the July attack. She was present in the courtroom for the daylong hearing.

A fourth defendant turned himself in this month to begin serving jail time even though the judge hasn't accepted his-no contest plea yet to a conspiracy charge.

An earlier story is below: 

A Pennsylvania judge is hearing from mental health professionals about whether he should treat three young men accused in a rock-throwing incident that severely injured a woman as juveniles or adults.

Union County Judge Michael Sholley heard from a psychotherapist and two psychologists today as defense attorneys argued their clients, 17 at the time of last year's ordeal, should be in juvenile court.

The three are accused of assault and other offenses for the incident that resulted in brain and other injuries to schoolteacher Sharon Budd, who traveled from her Ohio home to attend the pretrial proceedings.

A fourth defendant, who was 18 at the time of the attack, began serving jail time earlier this month even though Sholley hasn't yet accepted his no contest plea to a conspiracy charge.

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