He cries now, but he should have been crying when someone put the belt on his butt years ago.
The only reason he is crying now is because he got caught.
Do not let his actions fool you. he is playing to the court and the public.
Below is another article from the Athens, Ohio newspaper, "The Post Online."
Stifling tears and being comforted by family, 13-year-old Andrew Riley could only listen as lawyers and a juvenile court judge discussed his unusual case yesterday.
Riley, the Nelsonville juvenile who recently has received national media attention, faces 26 counts of theft, burglary and other crimes. Those 26 counts comprise more than 140 total charges, including 120 related to four stolen checkbooks.
Because he cannot be charged as an adult, conviction on one or all of the 14 felonies could remand Riley to the Department of Youth Services until his 21st birthday or could result in some sort of suspended commitment, such as probation, said Athens County Prosecutor C. David Warren.
Public defender James Wallace, Riley’s court-appointed attorney, filed a motion yesterday to close the hearings from “all persons other than the parties and their attorneys” — a gag order that would prevent the public and the media from attending court proceedings related to the case.
The motion states that “obviously inaccurate publicity” and “its unusual intensity” merit the state to close the proceedings. The motion will be discussed at a 2 p.m. hearing today in Judge Robert Stewart’s courtroom.
Wallace, both at the hearing and in the motion, said media coverage of the case has been inaccurate and wrote that “(the story) certainly does not call for the vilification which has been rained on the 13-year-old.”
That includes Riley being referred to as a “vicious little miscreant” on one Web site for his alleged role in about nine incidents, ranging from a theft at a Nelsonville cafe to a first-degree misdemeanor charge of intimidating a witness.
Before the pretrial hearing began, other members of Riley’s family criticized the media attention, saying the 13-year-old has been convicted before trial. Family members declined to comment further.
Riley has spent the last 30 days in a juvenile detention center. Magistrates denied two previous attempts to have him released to his family. Wallace filed another motion, this time proposing to place him with Judith Riley, the boy’s maternal grandmother. If the motion were granted, Riley would live in his grandmother’s three-bedroom trailer in Marshfield and wear an electronic monitoring system. An uncle that lives nearby would also help.
“It would maximize time he has with family members,” Wallace said. “He can live again as a 13-year-old.”
Riley’s residence, where his mother and her boyfriend live, is without a telephone and would be ineligible for placement. If he were released, he would be allowed one call to his mother per week.
Assistant County Prosecutor Keller Blackburn, who is prosecuting the case, said the state is worried that the grandmother would be unable to “control the situation” and that representatives of Riley’s former school could testify to the danger of his release.
He needs to stay in jail until the trial and if found guilty, kept in jail as long as legally possible.