He availed himself to the Adult Justice System when he decide to undertake adult activities. i.e. driving a car, and consuming illegal and or adult substances illegally. Had he been riding a tricyle and drinking milk when he accidentally ran into the back of the van, he probably wouldn't be charged as an adult.An eye for an eye will leave the world blind. Jake really messed up the lives of this family forever. But he has also altered his own life and those around him. Jake did not willingly go out and kill this child. He made a mistake that cost a life. And maybe did not cost he and his family a life of theirs but he certainly altered the lee family's livelihood. Trust me when I say that the lee family has faced more tribulation with this than we can imagine. And yes, jake deserves punishment. But he is a juvenile. What is the point in having juvenile court if there is a gray median that determines what is juvenile or adult. Trial him like a 16 year old that he was. Put your own kids in these shoes if at all possible. I think jake deserves punishment. But no one can judge him except for God and himself. This topic has brought nothing but hate against people you know nothing about. If it wasn't for this topic, most of you wouldn't know the family's name.
Again- look at the laws. Attorneys and Judges don't make arbitrary decisions about these kinds of things. The case law says that when a child undertakes "adult activities" and causes harm to others, they can be treated as adults. There are consequences to behaving as he did.... You can't act like an adult when it's convenient and then pull the "but I'm just a kid" card to get you out of trouble.