Gregory’s case was transferred from juvenile court to adult court, where he was indicted on murder and related charges for the Sept. 4, 2016, shooting of Bowers, who died two days later.
Gregory testified he did not know Bowers, whom authorities called “an innocent bystander.” Neither of the two were initially involved in the dispute that started at AlterFest and ended on Willowdale Avenue, according to court witnesses.
Gregory was sentenced to 11 years in prison, minus time served after being found guilty by a Montgomery County Common Pleas Court jury on lesser charges after admitting to firing the shot authorities said killed Bowers. Gregory later pleaded guilty to additional lesser offenses in the case.
Because he was not convicted of murder, the case went back to juvenile court to assess whether the defendant was candidate for rehabilitation in that system.
The juvenile court ruled last year that he was not. Had the case stayed in the juvenile system, Gregory would have been freed on this 21st birthday, court officials said.
The “juvenile court’s misapplication of guideline factors has led to an unreliable assessment” of Gregory’s amenability “to rehabilitation in the juvenile system,” defense attorney Ben Swift wrote in an appeals court filing.
The juvenile court’s “decision-making was arbitrary in the sense that the court ignored many favorable aspects” of defendant’s rehab progress “while highlighting other that were less significant. Thus, the court abused its discretion in this matter.”
Yet, prosecutors stated in appeals court filings that the juvenile court’s decision was “based upon the totality of the evidence presented and after careful consideration of all factors.”
“The juvenile court properly found” the case should stay in adult court, noting the “is not an abuse of discretion and must stand,” court records show.
The case is being heard by judges Mary Donovan, Jeffrey Froelich and Jeffrey Welbaum, according to court records.