Sheila McLaughlin reports:
Lance Tiernan’s adult conviction and 54-day jail sentence for killing fellow One Way Farm resident Anthony Parker will stand.
Butler County Juvenile Judge Ronald Craft washed his hands of the case Monday, saying transferring the case to juvenile court wouldn’t serve public safety nor would it give him any control over Tiernan if he violated probation.
Tiernan, who was released from the Butler County Jail on Oct. 13 left the courthouse with his guardians – his former teacher from Mason High School and her husband, who also is a teacher.
Before Craft made his decision Parker’s grandmother Anita Smith noted that Tiernan had admitted during his trial in adult court that he meant to hurt Parker when he beat him and slammed him to the ground on his head on Dec. 19 at the Fairfield Township group home.
“Anybody his age could look at how much smaller (Anthony) was. Anthony was not a fighter. He would not get in anyone else’s face. He would not start a fight,” Smith said. “It was not the nature of who he was when he was alive.”
Jessica Krohn, Tiernan’s former teacher, spoke on Tiernan’s behalf, saying he understood what he did and was devastated and remorseful.
The couple took him in when he was released from jail because Tiernan had nowhere else to go. Warren County Children Services had placed him at One Way Farm because he had run away from home and no one in his family would take him in.
“The Lance I know is not the Lance I see in the media. The Lance I know is smart and funny and he’s kind,” Krohn said. “I know he’s overcome a lot. I know how much potential he has. I just want to see him have a chance in a stable home.”
Krohn said she was meeting with officials at Milford High School Monday afternoon to try to get Tiernan enrolled there.