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Clewiston juvenile suspect faces adult charges

HENDRY COUNTY — A 14-year-old wanted in connection with a shooting in Clewiston, May 12, has been arrested and charged. According to the State Attorney's Office, if convicted, the teenager may have enjoyed his last taste of freedom.

That possibility is the result of an incident a little more than a month ago.

Gustavo Antonio Alfaro made a threat Thursday, May 10, towards Michael Rudd, 16, one of the teens he went to school with at Clewiston Youth Development Academy; he followed up with his threat that Saturday, when he reportedly opened fire on Rudd and another teen in the Sherwood Sub-division of Clewiston.

A witness said Alfaro closed his eyes and fired his gun, pulling the trigger even after emptying the cartridge. He wounded both teenagers.

Alfaro allegedly fled the scene of the crime, hiding in the home of a relative.

He was arrested and sent to juvenile detention. However, according to Lt. Harrelle with the Hendry County Sheriff's Office, he was released when the paperwork for direct file was not submitted in time, and he had been held for the maximum time of 21 days.

He didn't return to jail until the State Attorney's Office filed the appropriate paperwork.

He was arrested for a second time and formally charged on June 11. He is being tried as an adult, and has a bond of $126,000 for all charges combined.

Alfaro was charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill (faces up to life in prison), two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon (also faces up to life in prison), discharge of a firearm in public (maximum of one year in jail), and a weapon offense - shooting a missile into dwelling, vehicle, building, or aircraft (maximum for 15 years in prison).

As of now he sits in the Hendry County Sheriff's Office Jail, separated from the adult population, according to jail officials.

He is scheduled for arraignment on June 26 at 9 a.m. His charges will be formally announced in court.