Boy faces Prison or deportation for flashing
Fifteen-year-old Luis Miguel Chacon Trujillo maintained his composure Tuesday until the subject of prison came up.
Trujillo, who last lived in Lynn Haven, has spent the last 238 days in jail awaiting trial on a change of exposing himself to an 8-year-old in January. He was 14 at the time.
According to court records, he was waived up to adult court in March.
On Tuesday, he went before Circuit Judge Michael Overstreet to enter a no contest plea to lewd and lascivious exhibition, a third-degree felony punishable by five years in prison. The deal was for Overstreet to sentence Trujillo to one year and one day in prison, but to suspend the sentence so Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers could deport him.
But if ICE agents don't come for him by Oct. 12, Trujillo would be sent to prison, according to the original plea.
The prospect made the small, skinny Trujillo double over and cry in his hands. He and his lawyer, Assistant Public Defender Frederick Mann, talked in Spanish for several minutes.
Mann told Overstreet that Trujillo hoped to avoid prison at all costs. Mann said the deal was dependent on federal agents "doing their job'' and it terrified his client.
Mann said after court that the problem was Trujillo lied about his age to police and federal authorities early in the process. Trujillo admitted in Overstreet's court that he had lied about being 18 and was actually 14, but the State Attorney's Office continued to press the case as if Trujillo was an adult.
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