FIRST ON 13: Lawyers seek mental evaluation of Fort Ann teen accused of fatally shooting friend

Mental health evaluation sought for alleged shooter

Lawyers seek mental evaluation for 17-year-old Fort Ann boy accused of shooting friend

NewsChannel 13’s Mark Mulholland has learned that there has not been an indictment in the case of the 17-year-old boy accused of killing Rycky Stark Jr. Prosecutors and the attorney for the 17-year-old have now asked for a comprehensive psychological and mental evaluation. 

The evaluation will give them a complete picture of the 17-year-old in the event the judge determines he qualifies as a youthful offender. 

The teen is currently charged with manslaughter as an adult for the shooting death of Rycky Stark Jr. on August 16 in Fort Ann.

NewsChannel 13 has not yet identified the 17-year-old because of the possibility that he will be granted youthful offender status.

Manslaughter carries a maximum sentence of 5 to 15 years in prison. If the judge determines the alleged shooter is a youthful offender, the maximum sentence is 1 and a third to 4 years.