A 17-year-old Florida boy who allegedly participated in a street race that killed a mother and her child will be charged as an adult.
According to KMOV, court documents filed Wednesday revealed that the case involving John Barrineau has been moved from juvenile court to Circuit Court. The Tampa teen has been in a juvenile detention center since the May 23 crash that killed Jessica Raubenolt, 24, and her 2-year-old daughter, Lillia.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Barrineau is believed to have been racing Cameron Herrin, 18, on Bayshore Boulevard when Herrin struck the young mother as he pushed her daughter in her stroller.
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Jessica died shortly after the crash while the 2-year-old died the following day. The pair were visiting Tampa from Ohio when the deadly incident occurred.
Both Herrin and Barrineau are charged with misdemeanor street racing and two felony counts of vehicular homicide. Herrin’s passenger and brother, Tristan, was also charged in connection with the May 23 wreck.
WFTS reported that Barrineau was released from jail Friday afternoon after posting $50,500 bond. Cameras caught the teen being accompanied by his parents as he left Hillsborough County jail.
The attorney representing him, Anthony Rickman, provided the news station with the following statement:
“As you saw he was extremely shaken up after everything that happened. John Barrineau is a good kid, never an ounce of trouble in his entire life. he’s in a situation he’s never been in. When we see a tragedy like this, a tragedy that evokes emotion from all sides, it’s very easy as a community and society to jump to conclusions and rush to judgment, and in a case like this I just ask that we not rush to judgment, especially regarding Mr. Barrineau.”
As a condition of his release, Barrineau is ordered to wear a GPS monitor and is barred from driving, having contact with any of the other defendants, or from leaving Hillsborough County without the court’s approval.
[Featured image: Lillia and Jessica Raubenolt/Facebook]