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16-year-old attempted murder suspect to be tried as adult

Nevada County prosecutors have decided to try a 16-year-old attempted murder suspect as an adult.

If convicted, Michael C. Jacob, who is accused of repeatedly stabbing his friend in the neck and chest after a night of partying early Jan. 16, would serve the same sentence as he would if he were tried in juvenile court, but would serve the sentence in prison.

Prosecutors are also reserving the right to change their minds and try him as a juvenile if they think it is appropriate.

“We have no evidence right now that it shouldn’t be handled this way,” Nevada County District Attorney Michael Ferguson said.

Jacob pleaded innocent Jan. 27 to charges of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon. Both charges also carry special circumstances of inflicting great bodily injury and using a knife in the alleged attack.

The stabbing was reported Jan. 16 at 3 a.m. at 108 Lark St. in Penn Valley. Sheriff’s deputies responded to the Penn Valley Mobile Home Park and found 18-year-old Kannan Sartain bleeding from his neck and chest. He was treated at Sutter Roseville Medical center and has since been released.

Sartain’s grandmother, a resident of the home, told investigators that Sartain and Jacob had attended several parties that night. After they returned to her home, she said she heard what she thought was an argument. She said she kicked in the door of the room they were in and saw her grandson bleeding.

For more on this story, read Tuesday’s The Union.

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