14 Year Old Boy’s $1 Million Bail Set

(RoyalPatriot.com )- A 14-year-old boy was charged with the rape and murder of 10-year-old Iliana “Lily” Peters and was ordered detained on $1 million cash bail by a circuit court judge on Wednesday.

The defendant—an 8th grader and lifetime Chippewa County resident who lives with his mother—appeared in court by video from a juvenile detention facility.
The boy described to authorities how he left a residence with Peters to walk a trail with the objective attack her “from the get-go,” according to District Attorney Wade Newell, who argued for the hefty bail.
The boy’s name and how he knew the victim was not disclosed.
According to Newell, the boy told investigators that before sexually abusing Peters, he punched her, hit her with a stick, and then strangled her. Her body was discovered Monday morning, approximately 12 hours after her father reported her missing. Her lifeless body was left blocks away from her aunt’s house, where she had been visiting.
The suspect faces charges of first-degree intentional killing, first-degree sexual assault of a child under the age of 13 resulting in severe bodily damage, and first-degree sexual assault. According to Newell, the first two offenses have a possible punishment of life in prison, while the third charge brings a maximum term of 60 years in jail.
The defense asked for $100,000, but Newell argued for a $1 million bail. He noted the gravity of the accusations, the necessity to safeguard the community, and the possibility that the defendant might try to flee the area before trial. Judge Benjamin Lane agreed, saying that the boy was a severe threat to the community and adding that the court is worried he may be a further threat if he was not detained.
10-year-old Lily’s family has not spoken in public, but volunteers who spent Tuesday hanging purple ribbons on city lampposts were interrupted by Lily’s grandmother at one point, according to Teri Ouimette, the ribbon campaign’s organizer. She said the grandmother thanked the volunteers, adding that several of the volunteers cried when she told them Lily’s favorite color was purple.