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A 13-year-old was publicly named as the suspect in a recent armed robbery at a local GameStop. Many were shocked by the name and mug shot of the juvenile being released, as most cases do not reveal the identity of a minor. What do you think? Vote below.

The mugshots and crime video of 13-year-old Bryson Walker were released to the public when the decision was made by the courts to charge him as an adult in the recent armed robbery of his neighborhood video game store.

Georgia law is clear:

“Children between 13 and 17 years old are prosecuted as an adult in Superior Court if they are charged with one of Georgia’s ‘seven deadly sins.’ Georgia’s seven deadly sins are murder, rape, armed robbery (with a firearm), aggravated child molestation, aggravated sodomy, aggravated sexual battery, and voluntary manslaughter.”

One of the primary points of concern is that citizens need to be aware of the presence of potentially dangerous young people in their schools, playgrounds, and neighborhoods.  Would you want someone charged with such crimes sitting next to your 7th-grade grade son or daughter in a classroom, unknown? In such cases, do you support the release of the names and images of those charged with these crimes?

Bryson Walker Mugshot