Noah Crooks was thirteen years old when he murdered his mother. This teen killer would shoot his mother over twenty times causing her death. When asked about what his punishment should be for killing his mother he said he thought he would be granted. Needless to say the judge did not feel the same way and sentenced the teen to fifty years in prison
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|Name||Noah Riley Crooks|
|Location||Fort Dodge Correctional Facility|
|Offense||MURDER – 2ND DEGREE, 85%|
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An Osage teen said he didn’t consider the consequences of shooting his mother 22 times in 2012, killing her.
“I didn’t think anything would happen. I thought I would maybe get grounded,” Noah Riley Crooks, who was 13 at the time of the slaying, would later say during a meeting with his father and counselors after he was found guilty of second-degree murder.
Instead, a judge sentenced Crooks to 50 years in prison when he turned 18 in 2016, and on Friday the Iowa Supreme Court upheld the punishment.
Crooks, now 19 and eligible for parole, challenged the district court’s handling of the case, arguing it shouldn’t have been prosecuted under the state’s youthful offender statutes, which allowed the juvenile court to transfer the case to adult court.
He also argued the sentence amounted to cruel and unusual punishment.
In its decision, the Iowa Supreme Court noted that Iowa’s youthful offender law allows the court to track a youth’s progress before deciding any prison sentence. In this case, the court had about five years to track Crooks.
The high court ruled the sentencing court acted within its discretion by imposing the 50-year term, noting a psychologist who examined Crooks in 2012 opined he wasn’t capable of experiencing guilt and remorse. The psychologist concluded there was no treatment that could change his personality traits, and the prospects of rehabilitation before age 18 were nil.
Authorities said Crooks killed his mother, Gretchen, on March 24, 2012, at their home in rural Osage. He approached her once with a .22-caliber rifle while she was making dinner but decided against shooting her then because it wouldn’t have been honorable to shoot her in the back, court records state.
A short time later, he shot her as she sat on a couch. He then sent a text message to his father, who was away at a work-related party, saying he accidentally killed his mother, but his father thought it was a joke.
Crooks then called 911 to report the shooting and express concerns for his own future. He was convicted for second-degree murder during a 2013 and turned over to the State Training School in Eldora until he turned 18 and went before a district court judge for sentencing in 2016.
During his time in Eldora, he avoided addressing the reason behind the slaying. Before the sentencing his father confronted him during a meeting with counselors, and Crooks responded he “thought we would be better off without her,” court records state.
At the May 2016 sentencing hearing, Crooks’ father, William Crooks, said he visited his son several times at Eldora, pushing him to talk about his mother. “In the past four years, you have never once spoken about your mother. You have shown no remorse.
“Four years is not enough to pay for taking your mother’s life. I’m sorry; I love you, Noah, but to let you out would ruin so many more lives.”
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The Iowa Supreme Court has upheld the prison sentence for an Osage teen who shot and killed his mother in 2012.
19-year-old Noah Crooks was convicted of murder in the second degree in 2012—when he was 13 years old.
On March 24, 2012, Crooks was at home in Osage with his mother Gretchen, a nurse at Mercy Hospital in Mason City. Crooks took a loaded rifle downstairs intending to kill his mother, before returning upstairs because Crooks reportedly did not want to shoot her in the back. After returning downstairs, Noah shot her 22 times, killing her.
In May 2013, a jury found Noah Crooks guilty of murder in the second degree and not guilty of assault with intent to commit sexual abuse. Under Iowa’s Youthful Offender Status, Crooks was transferred to the juvenile courts system until he turned 18.
Noah Crooks spent time at Eldora’s State Training School, and a juvenile court officer reported in April 2016 that Crooks “tried to avoid addressing why he killed his mother”.
In May 2016, Crooks’ attorney told the court that any confinement or probation could not exceed 5 years, while the prosecution argued for a 50 year prison sentence. A district court heard victim impact statements from Crooks’ family, and the court determined that “probation was not justified”. Crooks was sentenced to a 50-year prison sentence without a mandatory minimum.
On appeal, Cooks’ attorneys argued that the court “abused its discretion by incarcerating him”.
The Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday that the youthful offender status is meant “to see whether the rehabilitative services provided in the juvenile system have been effective” before proceeding.
Two medical experts, Dr. Taylor and Dr. Augspurger, both wrote evaluations of Crooks that are cited in the ruling.
“With a strong degree of medical certainty, I can state that the prospects for rehabilitating Noah Crooks prior to his eighteenth birthday are nil,” Dr. Taylor wrote in 2012.
Dr. Augspurger wrote the following in 2016: “…it cannot still be said that [Crooks] is developing an Antisocial Personality Disorder since he has not outwardly displayed evidence required to substantiate such a diagnostic development since admission”.
The Supreme Court concluded that the district court acted within its discretion by imposing the 50-year sentence.
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