A Keizer court with peers

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Anthony Jimenez (right) hugs mom Elisa Coronado after apologizing to her following a Keizer Youth Peer Court proceeding on June 6. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)

Anthony Jimenez (right) hugs mom Elisa Coronado after apologizing to her following a Keizer Youth Peer Court proceeding on June 6. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)

By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

Anthony Jimenez nodded as he heard the decision from the jury.

He understood as the judge talked about the dangers of what he had done.

After it was over, Jimenez was determined not to make the mistake a second time.

The 14-year-old accepted the punishment doled out in Keizer Youth Peer Court. The jury was made up of fellow teenagers. The judge was 16-year-old Joey Moss, while the case presenter was 16-year-old Naomi McDonnell.

In fact, the only non-teenager involved with the process – aside from Jimenez’s mom – was Cari Emery, who runs the Keizer Youth Peer Court program.

Keizer Youth Peer Court meets most Thursday afternoons, though the schedule slows somewhat during the summer months.

Jimenez was arrested with a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of .274 on April 6. Jimenez, who had just turned 14, was found wandering into an unfamiliar home in the middle of the night. Police responded and called in medics, who had Jimenez taken to a hospital.

Jimenez told the jury he was given alcohol by friends.

“I felt pressure (to drink),” he said. “I don’t remember how I felt. I did go to a friend’s home. My friends said I just wandered off.”


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