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Case goes to juvenile court

ALBANY, Ga. — At District Attorney Greg Edwards’ discretion, a rape case involving juveniles went to juvenile court jurisdiction, while another stands as an adult crime.

The case against Westover High School student Shannon Lee Saunders, 16, a running back on the school’s football team, was called a statutory rape due to additional findings, Edwards said.

“After further investigation, the matter is best resolved in juvenile court,” Edwards said. “We will be prosecuting it as statutory rape.”

Saunders could spend a minimum of a year in the Youth Detention Center or as much as five years if found guilty, Edwards said, but he did not expect a maximum sentence.

Saunders was originally indicted by a grand jury for the May 23 rape and aggravated assault of a 15-year-old girl in the school auditorium while school was out. The girl is not a student at Westover, said Westover principal William Chunn.

In another case, Fanoris Jermaine Jackson, a Monroe High School student, remains in Dougherty County Jail charged with a Sept. 16 rape, said a jail spokeswoman.

Jackson stands accused of raping a 15-year-old girl, a fellow student, in a Monroe High restroom during school hours.

Edwards said that the Saunders case in juvenile court would probably be scheduled before the Jackson superior court case. The dates were not yet scheduled, he added.