Cincinnati, Ohio — Two 15-year-old boys made the worst decisions of their lives this last Saturday.
They decided to rob a woman at gunpoint around 5:00 am.
The botched robbery happened in the 3600 block of Reading Road in Cincinnati.
The two boys approached the woman with their gun and demanded her money.
Instead of pulling out money, the victim pulled out her own firearm, and shot at the teens.
15-year-old Jordan Lara was hit; he was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center where he died from his injuries.
Ohio law has a provision that if somebody is involved in a crime in which somebody dies, they can be charged with murder.
For example, if somebody dies in the process of a bank robbery, even the getaway driver can be charged with murder.
Because of that law, the would-be robber appeared in court on aggravated robbery and murder charges.
He isn’t being named due to his age, but he’ll be tired as an adult after his hearing on July 10th.
The teen was already on probation due to an earlier charge of receiving stolen property.
Prosecutors said that he was facing additional parole violations for getting in trouble and skipping three days of school.
The victim of the armed robbery is facing no charges at this time.
Police say she acted in self-defense.
Laws like the one on the books in Ohio raise the stakes in an effort to lower crime.
But the female victim didn’t count on those high-stakes gun laws to protect her.
She carried, and she used her gun when it was needed, and it likely saved her life.