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Idaho Teen, Convicted of 12 Offenses Since Age 8, Gets More Time Behind Bars

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- Colton Copeland, 19, was first put behind bars at the age of 8. -  - FREMONT COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
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  • Colton Copeland, 19, was first put behind bars at the age of 8.


A 19-year-old Idaho man who, according to his lawyer, had his first run-in with law enforcement at the age of 7 and was first incarcerated by the age of 8, has had an additional 3 to 10years tacked on to his nearly-lifelong time behind bars.

The Idaho Post Register reports Colton Copeland had 12 prior criminal convictions as a juvenile before admitting to attacking two guards at the Five County Treatment and Youth Rehabilitation Center in St. Anthony. Prosecutors said while Copeland was awaiting trial for fighting a jailer in June 2015, Copeland attacked another jailer in October 2015.

The Post Register reports District Judge Gregory Moeller said Copeland was "one of the most dangerous people I've ever met" before tacking on the additional time behind bars. Copeland's attorney said his client has diagnoses of post traumatic stress disorder, attention deficit disorder and antisocial personality disorder.

"He is a risk no matter how you slice it," attorney Paul Butikofer told the Post Register. "I think he deserves a chance; he might last a week, he might last a couple, he might graduate (from mental health court). I hope he does."