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Jackson, MS December 14, 2010

Teen crime spree

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By Marsha Thompson - bio | email

The Hinds County District Attorney's office intends to fight bond for a 16-year-old teenager in court Wednesday. Robert Shuler Smith says John Caston should be sitting in jail because he is a danger to the community.

We have learned there are questions tonight surrounding the release of the teenager, who was just arrested again for a weekend crime spree in Jackson and Clinton. He was previously arrested for armed robbery, auto theft and house burglary in July. District Attorney Smith tells WLBT News, Caston was indicted by a grand jury in November on 10 counts of armed robbery. Somehow Caston managed to get released from the Hinds County Detention Center before his arraignment on those charges which is scheduled for Wednesday morning.

The teenager managed to make a 150-thousand dollar bond set by County Court Judge William Barnett. The District Attorney considers Caston a danger to the community. "We recommend no bond because they are a danger to the community and we look at their previous criminal history and we determine they are a high risk for repeating that same action or some other actions."

Caston was busted again over the weekend along with two others for multiple armed home invasions and auto theft. Meanwhile, Clinton officials say they are preparing to press charges against Caston, 17 year old Clency Lampton and 19 year old Nicholas Shannon. All were denied bond Monday on the latest felony charges. They each face six counts of armed robbery and two counts of house burglary.

According to law enforcement officials, the trio targeted Hispanic and Asian families in the latest round of felony crimes.

We have learned Caston has 16 felony crimes on his rap sheet dating back to March of this year.

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