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Trial of the Century: Mohansic Students Decide Fate of Gold E. Locks

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YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Local resident Gold E. Locks, charged with breaking and entering and destruction of property, avoided jail time last Friday thanks to a hung jury.

While most Mohansic Elementary School students believe the first-grade student was guilty of the charges, four of the 12 jury members believe there was not enough evidence to convict Locks of the crimes.

She was accused of unlawfully entering the Bear family’s home earlier this year. Locks’ defense team, however, argued the door was left open and thus she could not have “broken” into the home. Once inside, she admitted to tasting three separate bowls of porridge, and completely eating the bowl set for Babe E. Bear. The porridge was too delicious to resist, Locks confessed, and she was very hungry. After eating, she sat and waited for the Bear family to return, trying three seats, finally settling on Babe E. Bear’s chair, which collapsed under her weight. Attorneys for Locks argued the chair was already broken before she sat on it. Locks wanted to tell the Bear family what had happened, but said she fell asleep in Babe E. Bear’s bed before they could return. Startled after hearing noise downstairs, Locks left the home before speaking with the Bears.

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After the hung jury, Locks celebrated with her attorneys and was applauded by the dozens of Mohansic students in attendance. The students attended the trial as part of Law Day, a federally designated day held every year (May 1) to reflect on the role of law in the foundation of the country and to recognize its importance in society.

Town Justices Sal Lagonia and Gary Raniolo, Det. Sean Lewis, Yorktown attorney Gary Cusano and Town Supervisor Michael Grace spoke with the children about the difference between rules and laws, as well as conflict resolution and decision making.

Last year, students witnessed the trial of Curly Pig (of the “Three Little Pigs”), who was charged with attempted wolf cooking. That trial also ended with a hung jury.

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