The state Appeals Court yesterday upheld convictions of a juvenile in the burning of a mosque in Springfield in 2004.
The juvenile's lawyer argued that his statements to police should have been suppressed even though he waived his Miranda rights, or the ability to remain silent and to have a lawyer present. The lawyer also argued that the trial judge should have held a court hearing on whether the statements were voluntary.
Carlos Escalera, then 15, whose address was given as 1537 Main St., Springfield, at the time of the fire, was convicted in Hampden Juvenile Court of three charges including burning a building, breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony and larceny more than $250. A jury convicted Escalera at a trial in December, 2005. He was tried under the state's youthful offender law which allows his name and the proceedings to be public. (MORE)