A Pennsylvania teen has requested that he should be tried as an adult rather than a juvenile after he allegedly used a machete in an attack on another student.
The Associated Press reports that 17-year-old Luis Manuel Roman allegedly slashed a classmate in a gang-related attack in November at an Allentown school. The injured teen needed 30 stitches.
Roman said he made the request because juvenile offenders are "disrespectful" and he could have visitors in prison that are normally not allowed if he was in a juvenile detention facility.
The judge granted Roman's request but warned that if he's convicted as an adult, the two charges he faces carry a maximum sentence of 20 years prison sentence.