Following the tragic shooting of Shamsuddin “Sam” Sadruddin at the Z.P. Mart Shell located on SH 105 on Monday, March 24, 2014, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit identified a 13-year-old male as one of the two actors believed to have committed the offense. The other person, a 19-year-old male, is being prosecuted by the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office. Authorities believe both actors were knowingly participating in an armed robbery at the time.
This morning, April 24th, the Montgomery County Attorney’s Office filed a petition charging the 13-year-old with capital murder. County Attorney J D Lambright says that Juvenile Prosecutor Marc Brumberger will be presenting the case to the Grand Jury on May 6th in order to seek approval for a determinate sentence.
Because the juvenile is below the age of 14, he is not eligible to be certified as an adult to stand trial in criminal district court. Lambright also stated that “if the Grand Jury gives us the go-ahead to seek a determinate sentence, the 13-year-old would be eligible for a sentence of up to 40 years in the Juvenile Court. The child would begin serving his time in the Texas Juvenile Justice Department (formerly the Texas Youth Commission), and then at some point prior to his 19th birthday, the Juvenile Court would determine whether he should be discharged, released onto parole, or made to continue serving out the remainder of his sentence in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.”
Lambright said that “this Friday, my juvenile prosecution team and I will be meeting with Mr. Sadruddin’s family to discuss the case. We want to ensure that they understand our options and that we take their desires into consideration”.