Youngest Teen Involved in Krauss Shooting Pleads Guilty and is Sentenced

Youngest Teen Involved in Krauss Shooting Pleads Guilty and is Sentenced

MARION COUNTY — A 13-year-old Centralia juvenile male was sentenced Wednesday in Marion County court to 5-years probation and time served for his role the May shooting death at his home of fellow teen Jaden Lee Krauss.

One of two obstruction of justice charges against the teen was dismissed Wednesday in Marion County court in exchange for his guilty plea to the other obstruction charge.

According to statements in court, the charge to which the teen pleaded guilty said that on May 6 he falsely told Centralia Police Lt. Greg Dodson that he had not removed the gun used to shoot Krauss on May 4 or any other firearms from the home in the 100 block of South Pine in Centralia.

Following a court hearing last week, the juvenile was released to Lt. Dodson and based upon information from the teen a dive team was assembled to look for the weapon used to kill 13-year-old Jaden Krauss. However, no weapon has been found at this time.

In addition to the 5-years probation, the teen was sentenced to 23-days in the Franklin County Juvenile Detention Center, with credit for 23 days served.

He was reportedly released to his father, as his mother Nicole Kirgan is being held in the Marion County Jail on her own obstruction charges in connection with the Krauss shooting, as well as on more serious charges of intimidating a witness in the case.

Kirgan’s 15-year-old son is also facing obstruction charges in the case. He’s been sentenced to 5-years in juvenile detention for a burglary earlier this year of St. Mary Catholic School in Centralia.

The 15-year-old juvenile male who pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter for shooting Krauss has been sentenced to 5-years in juvenile detention.

Per Wednesday’s plea agreement, the 13-year-old will be on home confinement with GPS monitoring, will not be allowed to attend any Centralia School District public school, have no access to firearms or ammunition, complete 100 hours public service and have no contact with Krauss’ mother or two other juveniles.

Krauss’ mom, Jaianna Grant, said after court that while she’s not 100-percent satisfied with the outcome for the crimes that this minor committed, she understands that the court system did their jobs accordingly.

“I will continue to raise awareness in regards to the injustices committed against my son, as well as the very rapidly rising numbers of victims impacted by gun violence,” says Grant. “Our children are dying and we, as a community, cannot allow this to continue.”

Sarah Boyles contributed to this story

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