A 15-year-old boy, who made headlines when he escaped from custody in April, was convicted in juvenile court Wednesday of voluntary manslaughter for killing his mother two years ago.
Ike Souzer, who is scheduled to be sentenced July 30, was found guilty by Orange County Superior Court Judge Douglas J. Hatchimonji.
The teen was on trial facing a murder charge when he escaped from juvenile hall in Orange shortly after midnight April 12 and was arrested the next day at a McDonald’s restaurant in Anaheim. Orange County sheriff’s officials, who publicly identified him at that time and released his photo and video footage of his escape.
Souzer was convicted of fatally stabbing his 47-year-old mother, Barbara Scheuer-Souzer, at their residence in the 11000 block of Gilbert Street in Garden Grove on May 4, 2017. She told authorities before she died in a hospital that her son, then 13 years old, was the one who attacked her.
The judge has said he will not publicly release a copy of his ruling in the case, prompting Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer to push to make it public.
“Given the fact that this case was required to be held in public, and all of the evidence was presented in public, the judge’s decision and his rationale for making the decision should absolutely be made public,” Spitzer said. “The public has a right to know what is happening in their courtrooms when it is a public proceeding, including juvenile court.”
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