Appeal from the Order of Disposition in the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, Juvenile Division, History 44454-A, Docket No. 317-96. Before CRAIG, J.
Before: Cirillo, P.j.e., Tamilia, J., and Montemuro, J.* Opinion BY Tamilia, J.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Tamilia
Appellant Dante Bradford appeals from the January 16, 1997 Order of court placing him in a juvenile treatment program at Pressley Ridge Wilderness Camps with review scheduled for July 1, 1997. *fn1 The trial court adJudged appellant delinquent, finding he committed criminal conspiracy *fn2 by violating the section of the Uniform Firearms Act prohibiting carrying a firearm without a license. *fn3
On appeal, appellant claims the trial court erred in denying his December 19, 1996 petition to withdraw his admission of delinquency. For a summary of the facts and procedural history we look to the May 8, 1997 Opinion of the trial court.
This matter was before the [trial] Court for Disposition of a petition filed on December 5, 1996. The petition alleged that Defendant [age 12] had violated two counts of the Uniform Firearms Act:
Count One - Criminal conspiracy, and
Count Two - Possession of a weapon on school property.
At the petition hearing held ... on December 12, 1996, Defendant entered an admission of guilt to Count One and a denial to Count Two. Defendant's admission was accepted as to Count One. The charges set forth under Count Two were not adjudicated. Disposition under Count One was deferred to January 6, 1997 with permission to place Defendant at George Junior Academy, Pressley Ridge Wilderness Camp, Harbor Creek or Mel Blount Home. On December 19, 1996, Defendant filed a petition to withdraw his admission of delinquency which was denied. Defendant was placed at Pressley Ridge Wilderness Camp on January 9, 1997 with a review scheduled for July 1, 1997.
Despite Defendant's young age, the instant matter was Defendant's fourth appearance before the Court in 1996 wherein he had been charged with having committed delinquent acts. The four appearances were made on February 26, 1996, May 16, 1996 and October 7, 1996 and December 12, 1996.
(Slip Op., Craig, J., 5/8/97, pp. 1-2.)
Appellant argues he was not informed of the elements of the offenses with which he had been charged and therefore entered his plea without the requisite knowledge and understanding. The trial court responds to this claim by stating:
There is no issue concerning Defendant's possession of the weapon on the day that it was found in school, as Defendant admitted that he had possession of the weapon on that day. Tr.4. Defendant's admission is also supported by co-Defendant's admission that he was in possession of the gun at school, because he had taken back the gun from Defendant at school for the purpose of returning it to his grandmother. Tr.5. At the petition hearing held on December 12, 1997, Defendant appearred [sic] to have voluntarily, knowingly and intelligently rendered his admission. It was several days after Defendant's mother became upset on the record upon hearing that the Disposition guidelines would not permit ...