Apparently, the juvenile court system was of little help in the past for Seagraves.
October 06, 2010
A judge will decide if JUGGALO Ian Seagraves, 18, of Cresco, will be tried as a juvenile or as an adult on murder charges in the February 2009 fatal stabbing of Michael Goucher, 21, of East Stroudsburg, in Price Township.
Defense attorney Joseph D’Andrea appeared with Seagraves before Monroe County President Judge Ronald Vican on Tuesday, requesting to have Seagraves’ case decertified from adult court to juvenile court. Seagraves was 17 at the time of the murder.
D’Andrea’s goal is to convince the judge that Seagraves would be more amenable to treatment in the juvenile system than in the adult system, which focuses mainly on incarceration. No testimony was presented during Tuesday’s court appearance, but D’Andrea submitted a report by forensic psychiatrist Dr. Matthew Berger of Moosic who had reviewed Seagraves’ prior juvenile record and mental history.
First Assistant District Attorney Michael Mancuso opposes the defense’s request to have Seagraves’ case decertified to juvenile court, saying Seagraves should be tried as an adult. The judge will review both sides’ arguments and issue a ruling at a later date.
Shawn Freemore, 20, of Cresco, is charged along with Seagraves in the murder.
Freemore and Seagraves call themselves members of the Juggalos. While the Juggalos define themselves as a nonviolent family for misunderstood young people, police classify them as a gang.
According to information and evidence gathered by police, Goucher and Freemore met as friends online prior to the murder and set up a date and time to meet in person. Freemore and Seagraves then decided they were going to rob and kill Goucher when he came to meet Freemore.
Goucher arrived and was murdered, after which his body was left covered under snow in a wooded area.
Goucher’s family reported him missing, after which an investigation led to police finding the body and charging Seagraves and Freemore.
— Andrew Scott
He made an adult decision to murder someone for no good reason. The only reason to ever take a life is if its you or them. He should be tried as an adult but of course our wonderful judicial system will probably fail the victim again as it always does.