On Wednesday afternoon, Youngstown Municipal Judge Carla Baldwin followed the state-recommended bond of $1 million cash assurity bond. No plea was entered by Saun Peterson, after prosecutors in the case announced a complicity charge in reference to Peterson allegedly being the driver of the vehicle in the fatal shoot April 15 at Martha's Boulevard Tavern in Youngstown.

The suspect was been brought back to Youngstown to face charges filed in connection with the murder of a 15-year-old girl during a party.

Peterson, who will turn 21 years old next week, was booked into the Mahoning County jail early Wednesday on a charge of complicity to commit murder filed in Youngstown Municipal Court.

Peterson appeared in a Franklin County courtroom on Tuesday following his arrest in Columbus for his alleged role in a shooting that killed 15-year-old Amya Monserrat at a Sweet 16 birthday party at Martha’s Boulevard Tavern on April 15.

If convicted, Peterson could face a sentence of 15 years to life in prison.

Another suspect, 16-year-old Legend Pless, also known as Danyo Ryan Sellers, is being held in the Juvenile Justice Center on three counts of attempted murder and one count of murder.

Each of the four counts is a felony with special consideration given to the fact that the incident is classified as a "drive-by shooting." With these counts also comes the possibility of juvenile life.


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