Teens Get Lengthy Sentence for Stabbing Youth Center Employees

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After nearly a year of court cases, two teens have been found guilty of stabbing two Nebraska Youth Center Employees.

Seventeen-year-old Jordan Baker and 18-Year-old Keenan Lambert will serve time in the Nebraska State Penitentiary.

Baker will serve 15 to 20 years in prison with 293 days credit. He was in front of Judge Donald Rowlands Monday afternoon where he said he was sorry for almost taking the life of someone who was trying to make his life better.

Judge Rowlands said he felt Lambert was the prime “ring leader” in this case. Lambert will serve 20 to 40 years in prison with 293 days credit.

Baker and Lambert are accused of stabbing two female Nebraska Youth Center employees in July with knives. Both victims and their families were present for the motion hearing.

Defense Attorney Patrick Hayes said because the suspect didn't have a criminal record and because he was only 16 years old, he should be able to move to Juvenile Court.

“I think that there maybe some rehabilitating programs that would be beneficial for him and for society,” said Hayes.

But Lincoln Attorney, Rebecca Harley, argued that the Juvenile system would put the suspect out into the public too quickly.

“He was in a Juvenile kind of facility when he committed this crime, I don’t know why he wouldn’t commit a crime again,” said Harley.

Judge Donald Rowlands took the motion under advisement and said the court will make their final decision Wednesday or Thursday.