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14 year old sentenced to prison for multiple crimes in Saginaw

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SAGINAW COUNTY (WJRT) -

(02/21/14) - Prosecutors describe him as one of the most dangerous people in Saginaw County.

Police say he shot people, assaulted people and intimidated witnesses - all of that at the age of 13.

Now, the teen known in the Saginaw area as 'Lil' Carl' is going to prison.

Carl Howard is now 14 years old and he will spend the next 16 years behind bars.

"This 14 year old created a lot of fear in people," said Patrick McGraw, Saginaw County probate judge.

Howard plead no contest Thursday to 19 felonies involving several shooting incidents in Saginaw and Buena Vista Township.

From a distance, a piece of paper that might appear to be a report card for a seventh grader is instead a pre-sentence investigation report, listing all the crimes Howard was accused of committing this past summer.

"Most all involved guns," McGraw said.

McGraw designated Howard as an adult in an earlier hearing and Circuit Court Judge James Borchard agreed, sentencing him as an adult to 16-42 years in prison.

McGraw says Howard is also a victim, of older gang members.

"The older gang members seem to think that if we use someone under the age of 17 that they are going to be treated as a juvenile," McGraw said.

Meaning a lighter sentence, serving jail time until they are just 21.

"This person is, was when he was on the street, one of the most dangerous gang members in Saginaw County, despite his young age," said Christopher Boyd, Saginaw County assistant prosecutor.

Howard has been behind bars since July, and Boyd says since then, police have been getting better cooperation from witnesses.

"Because they were intimidated by him, because on the streets, he was known as an extremely dangerous person," Boyd said.

"This should send a message to those young people and to the older people that the justice system in Saginaw is going to treat them like they should be treated, like a criminal and like an adult," McGraw said.

Howard has three bothers that are either in prison or in jail at this time.

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