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Teens to stand trial as adults in shooting

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Mike DuPre'
February 15, 2008
— Two 16-year-olds that police say are members of a street gang have been waived to adult court to face charges in a Jan. 19 downtown shooting.

Andrew D. Moronez, 1042 Center Ave., Janesville, and Gregory P. Krukar, 230 N. Grant St., Janesville, are charged with three counts of first-degree reckless endangerment involving a weapon and one count each of endangering safety by reckless use of a firearm and possession of a dangerous weapon by a person younger than 18.


Also charged in the case are:


-- Michael A. Lopez, 17, of 1731 S. Marion Ave., Janesville, with party to first-degree recklessly endangering safety involving a weapon and party to endangering safety by reckless use of a firearm.


-- Brennan T. Lowman, 17, of 1808 Osborne Ave., Janesville, with party to first-degree recklessly endangering safety involving a weapon and party to endangering safety by reckless use of a firearm.


Lopez and Lowman were scheduled for preliminary hearings this afternoon.


Moronez and Krukar have preliminary hearings scheduled for Tuesday.


Two 15-year-olds also were referred to juvenile authorities on charges of party to endangering safety with a dangerous weapon stemming from the shooting of an 18-year-old Janesville man in the YMCA parking lot at Dodge and River streets.


The 18-year-old was wounded in the leg. He was treated and released at Mercy Hospital in Janesville.


The criminal complaints against Krukar and Moronez charge them with being the triggermen in the incident.


Krukar rejected a plea agreement that would have confined him at Ethan Allen School, a juvenile correctional facility, until his 18th birthday, Rock County District Attorney David O’Leary said.


The DA’s office did not offer a plea agreement to Moronez, O’Leary added.


Juveniles typically are waived into adult court because of their age, prior record and the seriousness of the charges against them, O’Leary said.


Janesville police said the six defendants are members of a street gang.


The dispute that brought them and another group of teen males together was over a girl, police said.


Police did not identify the second group as a gang.


Police confiscated a .357-caliber Magnum revolver and black and gold baseball bearing a five-point star, a possible gang-related item, when they executed a search warrant at Krukar’s home, according to the criminal complaint.



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