Bill limiting DA's in youth cases passes Colo. House

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In this photo taken on Tuesday, March 6, 2012, Gary Flakes, 31, is pictured at a park in downtown Colorado Springs, Colo. Flakes at the age of 16 was tried as an adult convicted of criminally negligent homicide and accessory to murder and sentenced to 15 years in prison. Flakes said the judge should have sentenced him as a juvenile because he was not convicted of the original charge. Worried that too many Colorado youth are being charged as adults, lawmakers are revisiting a 1993 law that expanded prosecutors' discretion to file such charges without challenge. Republican Rep. B.J. Nikkel of Loveland has introduced a bill to change direct file by limiting prosecutors' ability to charge juveniles ages 14 to 17 as adults. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski) Photo by
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