A long-time judge is recounting a controversial case from three decades ago. It’s a case that sent a 15-year-old member of the “Prince Hall Villains” to prison.
In 1989, Judge Sid Brown presided over Oklahoma County’s Juvenile Court System. He certified 15-year-old Kyle Mitchell as an adult, after Mitchell and three other teen “Prince Hall Villain” members were accused in a brutal crime spree. Mitchell went to prison for 12 years, and has been in and out of lockup for drug and burglary offenses ever since.
Last week, the now 41-year-old Mitchell and two others, including a juvenile, were busted for two home invasions in Edmond.
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Sid Brown said he certified Mitchell to stand trial as an adult three decades ago, because Mitchell had committed other violent offenses even before then.
“He like so many young people did not have a good support system. And it’s sad that those young lives have to go to prison, because I knew what prison sub-culture was like, and what would happen to young people in prison,” he said.
Kyle Mitchell remains in the Oklahoma County Jail on a $9,000 bond.