MEDFORD, Ore. – A Medford quadruplet charged with attempted murder for stabbing his brother will now be placed under the care of juvenile court.
16-year-old Andrew Ronda was originally charged with attempted murder for stabbing his brother in May. After reviewing the case, prosecutors decided that Andrew, who has autism, would be better helped in the juvenile system.
The adult charges were dropped and Andrew pled guilty to attempted assault in juvenile court Thursday morning. He will be placed in a secure mental health facility until he is 18 and then will either be taken to a less-secure facility or the Oregon State Hospital.
“We checked with some different people who do the work around the state, and it was felt that the juvenile has as equal amount of services as the adult side,” said Chief Deputy District Attorney Beth Heckert.
Ronda’s family made headlines when the quadruplets were born in Medford in 1996. Andrew will be under the care of the juvenile psychiatric review board until he is 25.