Two teens could be headed for juvenile prison - there to stay perhaps until their 21st birthdays - following a Wednesday shotgun blast that pierced a La Salle window.
Judge William P. Balestri ordered Thursday that the youths, a 13-year-old La Salle boy and a 15-year-old Oglesby boy, be held indefinitely in the La Salle County Detention Home. Balestri also granted their request for the services of the public defender.
The youths will next appear Nov. 3 in La Salle County Circuit Court.
The 13-year-old is alleged to have fired at least shot at a house in the 800 block of Ninth Street and faces two felony charges: aggravated discharge of a firearm and mob action. The 15-year-old is not alleged to have fired the weapon, but is charged with those same two counts plus four misdemeanor charges.
In adult court, the discharge count would carry a possible prison sentence of 4-15 years and mob action would carry 1-3 years.
Prosecutors also anticipate charges against a third subject, identified in police reports as a 13-year-old La Salle boy.
La Salle police said the shot reported at 8:20 p.m. Wednesday was gang-related. Police said they took three juveniles into custody following a short investigation.
La Salle police detective Mike Smudzinski said the charged teens said they were in a gang, although it is uncertain if there is any validity to their statement.
This is the fourth crime of violence committed by juveniles - and third involving a firearm - reported in the city of La Salle over the past 11 months.
Two teens were sent to the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice after the Nov. 26 shooting of two La Salle men in the 400 block of Central Street. Two more teens were committed to IDOJJ, and a third placed on probation, for the Aug. 26 shooting of a vehicle at Ninth and Sterling Streets.Most recently, a 16-year-old Oak Lawn boy was ordered held indefinitely for allegedly kidnapping an elderly La Salle woman at knifepoint Oct. 14. That case is pending.