UPDATE: Nelsonville teen admits to reckless homicide in death of 11-year-old

Published: May. 14, 2021 at 12:35 PM EDT|Updated: May. 18, 2021 at 5:44 PM EDT
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UPDATE: May 18, 2021

The 14-year-old charged with the death of Eli Spangler admits to an allegation of reckless homicide.

Mason Platt, 14, of Nelsonville, admitted on Tuesday to Athens County Juvenile Court to the charge, and was adjudicated as delinquent by Athens County Juvenile Court Judge Zach Saunders.

Meanwhile, 37-year-old Donald Platt, Mason’s father, was indicted Tuesday morning by the Athens County Grand Jury on charges of Involuntary Manslaughter, a first-degree felony, Endangering Children, a third-degree felony, and Tampering with Evidence, also a third-degree felony.

Donald Platt was the owner of the firearm that killed Spangler.

He was issued a $25,000 signature bond, and ordered not to have contact with Spangler’s family.

Pre-trial is scheduled for June 24, and a jury trial is set for July 27.

For Mason, disposition was set for June 16.

UPDATE: May 14, 2021

A 14-year-old was charged Friday with reckless homicide in Athens County Juvenile Court. That’s according to a news release from Athens County Prosecuting Attorney Keller Blackburn.

Mason Platt, 14, of Nelsonville, is accused of recklessly causing the death of Eli Spangler, 11, by playing with a firearm.

Nelsonville Police Chief Scott Fitch filed the charges Friday after an investigation into Spangler’s death was conducted by officials.

Blackburn said the decision to charge Platt was delayed pending the results of an autopsy report. The prosecutor added the case remains under investigation as additional charges against other suspects are still possible.

The reckless homicide charge in juvenile court would be a third-degree felony if charged as an adult.

A hearing in the case is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. on May 18 in Athens County Juvenile Court.

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