MOUNT VERNON — A 17-year-old Howard youth faces one charge of felonious assault and remains in juvenile detention following an alleged attack on a fellow student at East Knox High School last Wednesday.
Brandon McCown is scheduled to be arraigned June 3 in Knox County Juvenile Court. Chip McConville, Knox County assistant prosecutor, said the youth was charged with a second-degree felony due to the extent of the injuries sustained by the 16-year-old student allegedly involved in a lunchtime argument with McCown in the school cafeteria.
McCown was detained by Knox County Sheriff’s deputies following the incident, and is being held in a Zanesville juvenile facility, according to McConville.
“He is being held pursuant to a court order following a detention hearing,” McConville said. “The detention is limited to 15 days or until his arraignment.”
McConville said that at the arraignment, the court will either order the detention continued, or release the youth to his parents following the entering of a plea.
Sixteen-year-old Zach Powers of Howard sustained injuries to his head and face during the incident. He was MedFlighted to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, where he was treated and released.
McConville said that under the Ohio juvenile code, McCown could be committed to the Ohio Department of Youth Services for up to one year, or until his 21st birthday if found guilty of the charge of felonious assault.