LINCOLN — Felony charges against a 16-year-old girl accused of attacking a fellow student at Lincoln's Pius X High School will remain in adult court.
Sarah Piccolo asked a judge to transfer charges of first-degree assault and use of a weapon to juvenile court, where any court-ordered supervision for the offenses would end when she turned 19.
Lancaster County District Judge Jeffre Cheuvront denied the motion Monday, saying it's clear Piccolo will need inpatient and supervised outpatient mental treatment for a period longer than would be available under the juvenile court's jurisdiction. Piccolo will turn 19 in April 2016.
“Considering the nature of the offenses and Piccolo's mental status, there is, on balance, no basis to transfer the case,” the judge wrote in his order.
Piccolo, a former student at Pius High School, is accused of using a knife and hammer on Oct. 7 to ambush a 17-year-old female student in a school bathroom. The victim suffered cuts to her hands and face and was struck in the back of the head with the hammer. She was treated and released after a short hospital stay.
The judge's order said Piccolo made statements to police that she “planned to kill as many people as she could and then obtain a gun and kill herself.” Piccolo fled in a borrowed car and was arrested Oct. 8 in Yates Center, Kan., about 250 miles south of Lincoln.
DeAnn Stover, Piccolo's attorney, described the act as a “cry for help” during a hearing last week.