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Teen To Be Prosecuted As Adult

Todd Pittenger - April 14, 2015 2:37 pm

Sierra Niehaus (left) is accused of stabbing to death her 13-year-old sister Galazia Niehaus (right).

Sierra Niehaus (left) is accused of stabbing to death her 13-year-old sister Galazia Niehaus (right).

A Saline County teen accused of stabbing her sister to death last summer will be prosecuted as an adult. Sierra Niehaus, who was 14-years-old at the time, is accused of stabbing her 13-year-old sister to death back in August.

The Saline County Attorney’s Office had filed a motion to prosecute Sierra, who is now 15-years-old, as an adult.

After hearing several days of testimony over the past several weeks, and then closing arguments Tuesday morning, District Court Judge Patrick Thompson made a decision. Saline County Attorney Ellen Mitchell tells KSAL News that the judge determined that Sierra will be tried as an adult.

The case stems from the death of 13-year-old Galazia Niehaus. The Saline County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a stabbing at about 1:45 in the morning on Friday, August 1st. When deputies arrived at the scene in Northwest Saline County they found the body of Galazia, who had been stabbed to death.

Sierra was being held in the Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Junction City. Following Tuesday’s ruling, she was transferred to the Saline County Jail.

Mitchell says that Sierra is being held in the Salina jail on a million dollar bond. Her juvenile counsel has been relieved, and she will now get a public defender. She will next appear in court, as an adult, later this month.

Fred Hanson

April 14, 2015 at 4:42 pm

What a travacy of the law. Many will lose respect of judge Thompson who has a record of being a fair judge. As for the county attorney Ellen Mitchell she continues to spiral to new lows and needs to be replaced.

Brandon Myers

April 16, 2015 at 12:30 pm

Do not know anything about the Judge good or bad but feel his decision is totally wrong. Many do not believe she is a threat to the community so the judge is copping out there. Like so many others we do not know all the facts but my question is where were the parents? They are responsible for the welfare of their children. They lived in a double wide and why did they not intervene? They heard the loud argument and surely heard the screams when the girl got stabbed but did nothing. They should also be tried for child endangerment. Hope I get picked for the jury trial.

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